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St. Ethelbert of Kent

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Feastday: Febuary 25
Death: 616

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King of Kent, England, converted by St. Augustine. He married Bertha, a Christian daughter of King Charibert of Paris, and in 568 fought the West Saxons. Ethelbert was baptized in 597, bringing a large part of his population into the faith. He did not enforce conversions, but he brought the king of the East Saxons and the king of the East Angles into the Church. Ethelbert ruled for fifty-six years, founding the abbeys of Christ Church, Sts. Peter and Paul in Canterbury, and St. Andrew's in Rochester. St. Bede lists him asAedilbert. 



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