The son of Sledd, is the first East Saxon king who can be securely identified. His mother was said to be Ricula, sister of Aethelberht I of Kent, and Kentish influence was predominant. The Kentish kings having been converted to Christianity, Mellitus was ordained bishop of London to evangelize the people of Essex. Saeberht was baptized, but when he died c.616 the kingdom reverted to paganism.
Subjects: British History.