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Brihtric


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Succeeded in Wessex on the murder of Cynewulf in 786. Of the family of Cerdic, his parentage is unknown: the Chronicle of Abingdon suggested that he was Cynewulf's brother. Soon after his accession, he married Eadburh, a daughter of Offa of Mercia, partly one may suppose as an insurance. About 789 he joined with Offa in expelling Ecgberht, a rival claimant, who was given refuge by Charlemagne. Brihtric had to deal with the first Viking attacks. Asser tells a melodramatic story that Eadburh, jealous of one of Brihtric's young favourites, poisoned them both. He died in 802 and is buried at Wareham.

Subjects: British History.


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