A letter to Gerren from Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne, survives. It dates from after the Synod of Whitby, perhaps around 700/5, and insists that the Celtic Church of Dumnonia comply with the doctrines of Rome. In 710, Gerren's armies clashed with King Ine of Wessex who managed to establish a fortress west of the River Parrett at Taunton. Twelve years later though, when Ine thought to overtake Dumnonia completely, Gerren's armies were crushed and had to withdraw with tails between their legs. Chronologically speaking, he would perhaps have been a son of King Brochmail.
Records of Gerren date back to the 8th century. He is considered historic.
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