Second son of Ecgberht, became king c.690, ruling at first with Swaefheard, a Mercian sub-king, whom he seems to have dispossessed. Bede recorded that he ruled for thirty-four and a half years, dying on 23 April 725. One of his earliest decisions was to pay Wessex compensation for the murder of Mul, presumably in order to enlist support for an alliance against Mercia. His earliest known charter is dated 694 and the following year he issued a law code, dealing mainly with ecclesiastical questions and reflecting the close relations in Kent between church and state. His three wives, mentioned in charters, were Cynegyth, Aethelburh, and Werburh, the first of whom has been queried.
Subjects: British History.