(d. 821) king of the Mercians

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(d. 821),

king of Mercia (796–821). Cenwulf became king after the brief reign of Ecgfrith, son of the great Offa, doubtless by a coup. He took over Offa's extensive authority in southern England. In 798 he repressed a revolt in Kent, brutally. His authority there was diminished by a bitter dispute with Archbishop Wulfred of Canterbury, appointed in 805.

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