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St Ethelbert

(d. 616)

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(d. 616),

King of Kent from c.560. He married Bertha, daughter of Charibert, the Frankish king; probably under her influence, he welcomed St Augustine and the Roman mission in 597, was himself converted, and then supported the cause of Christianity in his realm. Feast day, 24 Feb.; in modern calendars, 25 Feb.

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