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Son of king Wulfhere, succeeded his uncle, Aethelred, in 704. It was clearly an agreed arrangement, since Aethelred subsequently appealed to Cenred to welcome back bishop Wilfrid. Bede recorded that Cenred abdicated in 709 and, accompanied by Offa of the East Saxons, went to Rome; the fact that he had a royal companion suggests that his exile was not forced. He died as a monk, soon after his arrival. Florence of Worcester tells us that Cenred was married, but does not give the name of his queen. A number of charters attributed to him are extant but should be treated with caution.

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