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Son of Seaxred, was joint ruler of the East Saxons with Sigehere, but seems to have outlived him. He succeeded c.664, ruled alone after 683, and abdicated c.694, dying some two years later in a monastery. Bede related that he had long wished to become a monk but that ‘his wife obstinately refused to be separated from him’, and that it was often said that he should have been a bishop rather than a king. He was buried in St Paul's, London.

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