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Eadberht II

(fl. c. 786—808) king of Kent


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Succeeded as king of Kent, according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, in 796, as the leader of a revolt against Mercian control. His nickname ‘Praen’ meant priest, and, at the request of archbishop Aethelheard (acting for the Mercians), he was anathematized by pope Leo III. He survived long enough to strike a number of coins, but in 798 Cenwulf of Mercia laid waste the kingdom as far as Romney Marsh, captured Eadberht, and mutilated and deposed him. Cenwulf himself then took the kingship, issuing charters. Eadberht's date of death is unknown, and some sources credit him with a lengthy survival in a monastery.

From The Kings and Queens of Britain in Oxford Reference.

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