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Birthdate: (5)
Death: circa 635 (0-13)
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Son of Eadbald, king of Kent and Emma of Francia
Husband of Eormengild
Father of Æthelberht; Eormengith; Eormenburh; Saint Domne Eafe and Æthelred
Brother of Saint Eanswythe, Abbess of Folkestone and Eorcenberht, king of Kent

Occupation: Vice-Roi de Kent
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About Eormenred

From MedLands:

EORMENRED (-[640/64]).  The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle names "Eormenred and Eorcenberht" as the two sons of King Eadbald, adding that Eorcenberht succeeded their father[303].  Roger of Wendover names "Ermenredum et Erkenbertum" as the two sons of King Eadbald, adding that "junior Erkenbertus" deprived his brother of the throne[304].  If this is correct, it is not clear why he did not succeed as king of Kent on the death of his father.  One explanation could be that Eormenred was the son of his father’s scandalous first marriage, and therefore considered unfit for succession.  It has been suggested that Eormenred did share power with his brother in Kent[305], although it is not clear on what evidence this suggestion is based.  Eormenred's being the older son of his father is consistent with the treatment of his two sons by their cousin King Ecgberht, best explained if they had a superior claim to the throne.  Eormenred presumably died before his brother in 664, as there is no mention of his having asserted his claim to succeed at that time.  In addition, if he had still been alive, he would presumably have been able to ensure adequate protection for his two sons.  m OSLAVA, daughter of --- (-after [664/73]).  The Vitæ…Virginis Mildrethæ, written by Goscelin (mid- to late-11th century), names "Oslava" as wife of Eormenred and mother of his children[306].  William of Malmesbury records that she was granted land on the Isle of Thanet on which to construct a monastery by her husband's nephew Ecgberht King of Kent on whose orders her two sons had been murdered, presumably in expiation of the crime[307]. 


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