Also known as
Ædilberct; Æthelberht; Aedilberct; Aethelberht; Aibert; Albert; Edilbertus
25 February; formerly 24 February
Son of Eormenric; great-grandson of Hengist, Saxon conqueror of Britain. Raised as a pagan worshipper of Odin. King of Kent in 560. Defeated by Ceawlin of Wessex at the battle of Wimbledon in 568, ending his attempt to rule all of Britain. Married the Christian Bertha, daughter of Charibert, King of the Franks; they had three children. Convert, baptized by Saint Augustine of Canterbury in 597; his example led to the baptism of 10,000 of his countrymen within a few months. Issued the first written laws to the English people in 604.
24 February 616 at Canterbury, England of natural causes; buried in the side chapel of Saint Martin in the abbey church of Saints Peter and Paul; relics later translated to Canterbury
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