(c. 646—716) king of the Mercians

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Was a son of king Aethelred and succeeded when his cousin Cenred abdicated in 709. Though he supported bishop Wilfrid, St Boniface gave him a bad character, using him as an example of wickedness, accusing him of attacking the privileges of the church and of ‘horrid and unspeakable crimes’. In 715 he was reported to be at war with Ine of Wessex. He died in 716, going mad in the middle of feasting (according to Boniface), and was buried at Lichfield. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle reported that his queen, Werburh, died as the abbess of a monastery in 782, after a widowhood of sixty-six years, which sounds unlikely. The suggestion that she was a daughter of king Wulfhere is even more unlikely since that would make her at least 107 years old at her death.

From The Kings and Queens of Britain in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.

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