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OTD 14 July 664: Death of King Eorcenberht of Kent
« on: July 17, 2021, 07:39:56 AM »
Continuing my series of posts from the Companions' Facebook page, here is the most popular post from the past week commemorating Eorcenberht of Kent. It’s a short piece, and I haven’t done him much justice. Anyway, here it is.
14 July 664 AD saw the death of Eorcenberht, King of Kent.
Eorcenberht ruled for 24 years, and according to Bede was the first English king to command the destruction of pagan idols and to enforce the observance of the Lent fast. He was the second son of Eadbald of Kent, but his older brother, Eormenred, pre-deceased their father so Eorcenberht became the next King on 20th January 640 AD.
We recently discussed his wife, Seaxburh (6th July). Their daughter, St. Ercongota, became Abbess of Faremoutiers-en-Brie in Frankia, and her sister, St. Eormengild married Wulfhere, King of Mercia, before becoming Abbess of Minster-in-Sheppey, which had been founded by her mother.  He also had two sons, Ecgbert and Hlothere. Ecgbert, who succeeded him and was responsible for the assassination of the two young æþelings, Æþelred and Æþelberht. After Ecgbert’s death Hlothere became king in turn.
He was the King who appointed Deusdedit as the first native born Archbishop of Canterbury, and we will be discussing Deusdedit later today.
Eorcenberht was probably buried with his parents at Canterbury.