Cuthred of Kent

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Cuthred Coin1.jpg
King of Kent
Reign 798 – 807 AD
Predecessor Æadberht III
Successor Cœnwulf
Issue Cyneberht
Father Cuthberht
Died 807 AD

'Cuthred (or Cuðred) was a King of Kent (798–807).

After the revolt of Kent under Eadberht III Præn was defeated in 798 by Cœnwulf, Eadberht established Cuthred as a client king. During Cuthred's reign, the Archbishopric of Lichfield was formally abolished at the Council of Clovesho on October 12, 803, and the Archbishopric of Canterbury thus regained the status of which Offa of Mercia had sought to deprive it. Cuthred's reign also saw the first raids of Kent by the Vikings. After his death in 807, Cœnwulf seems to have acted as King of Kent.

Cuthred died in 807, according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. He issued coins and charters. His surviving charters are both dated 805,[1] one precisely to 26 July 805, in the eighth year of his reign, so his accession fell between 27 July 797 and 26 July 798. In two charters[2] issued by Cœnwulf, King of Mercia, he is described as brother of that king.

Preceded by
Eadberht III Præn
King of Kent
Succeeded by

See also[edit]

List of monarchs of Kent Chronology of Kentish Kings


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