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For the 8th century Anglo-Saxon queen, see Cynethryth.

Cwenthryth (Old English: Cwēnþrȳð) was an early 9th-century Mercian princess, the daughter of Coenwulf of Mercia and sister of Saint Cenelm. After Coenwulf's death, his son was killed fighting the Welsh, possibly due to Cwenthryth's treachery.[1]

She was also the Abbess of Minster-in-Thanet who inherited property and authority from King Coenwulf of Mercia. Wulfred, Archbishop of Canterbury, challenged her for authority of her abbey estates, and they fought each other for control.


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