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Æthelbert

(ĕ`thəlbərt, ă–), d. 616, king of Kent (560?–616). Although defeated by the West Saxons in 568, he became the strongest ruler in England S of the Humber River. His wife, Bertha, daughter of a Frankish king, was a Christian. Æthelbert received (597) the missionaries sent by Pope Gregory I to England and was converted by St. Augustine of Canterbury. The first Christian king in Anglo-Saxon England, he made his capital, Canterbury, a great Christian center. The code of laws issued by him is the earliest surviving document in the Anglo-Saxon vernacular.

Æthelbert,

d. 865, king of Wessex (860–65), son of Æthelwulf. After the death of his father in 858 he ruled Kent, Surrey, Sussex, and Essex, and he reunited them with Wessex when in 860 he succeeded his brother Æthelbald in that kingdom. Throughout his reign the attacks of the Danes were severe, and they continued through the reign of his brother and successor, ÆthelredÆthelred
, d.871, king of Wessex (865–71), son of Æthelwulf and brother of Alfred. He succeeded his brother Æthelbert as king of Wessex and as overlord of Kent and possibly of East Anglia.
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Who converted the Saxon king Aethelbert of Kent to Christianity in the year 597?
The first provides the historiography, and the second the origin of early English legislation (defined as written law-making) from AEthelbert to Ine.
Gameson traces Augustine's route through Francia and debates the role of the Frankish princess Bertha, bride of the pagan king AEthelbert of Kent who admitted Augustine to England.
Sexual offenses occupy a prominent place alongside various kinds of violence, robbery, and property damage in the laws of AEthelbert and Alfred.
She also studies the law codes of Aethelbert, Alfred and Cnut and the Penitential of Theodore, largely with respect to how marriage legislation affected women, and finally analyzes the portrayal of women in Anglo-Saxon literature.
His description of the girls of King Oswald and the work of Archbishop AEthelbert deserves quoting at length:
I had scarcely thought I would ever laugh aloud at a conference report, quoted by Vansittart on a meeting between that rather insufferable saint, Augustine, and the rather cagey King Aethelbert of Kent.