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Kings of Kent
A Pre-Conquest Listing

Kentish Rule

Hengest c.455-488
Aesc alias Oeric Oisc 488-512
Octa 512-540
Ermenric 540-560
Aethelbert I (St.) 560-616
Edbald 616-640
Erconbert 640-664
Egbert I 664-673
Hlothere 673-685
Edric 685-686
Mul 686-687

Interregnum 687-688

Oswin 688-690
Wihtraed 690-725
Aethelbert II 725-762
Enmund 762-764

Sub-Kings under Mercian Rule

Heabert 764-765
Egbert II 765-772

Under Direct Mercian Rule 772-776

Sub-Kings under Mercian Rule

Egbert II 776-785 (again) (joint)
Aelhmund 784-785 (joint)

Under Direct Mercian Rule
785-796

Kentish Rule

Eadbert Praen 796-798

Mercian Sub-King

Cuthred 798-807

Under Direct Mercian Rule 807-823

Mercian Sub-King

Baldred 823-824

Wessex Sub-Kings

Aethelwulf 824-839
Aethelstan 839-851

Under Direct Wessex Rule 851-855

Aethelbert 855-856
Aethelwulf 856-858
Aethelbert (again) 858-860

Kent merged with the Kingdom of Wessex in 860

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Evidence of numerous joint Kings in Kent suggests that, from the reign of King Aethelbert I, a seperate sub-kingdom may have existed based on the Diocese of Rochester:

Eadbald c.560-616
Aethelwald c.616-640
Ermenred c.640-673
Edric 673-686
Sighere (of Essex) c.686-688
Swaefheard (of Essex) 688-694
Aethelbert 694-725
Edbert I 725-748
Edbert II 748-762 (joint)
Erdwulf 748-762 (joint)
Sigered 762-764

 

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