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Son of Eadbald, ruled from 640 until 14 July 664, and was married to Seaxburh, daughter of Anna, king of the East Angles. Bede credited him with the continued promotion of Christian worship and praised him as a ruler of distinction. Meanwhile, political and military power was passing to Mercia and Northumbria. His daughter Eormenhild was married to Wulfhere, king of the Mercians, presumably as an insurance policy.

Subjects: British History.

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