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Ethelbert King of Kent - Lady Wootton's Green, Canterbury, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 16.751 E 001° 05.173
31U E 366523 N 5682611
Quick Description: This statue, of Ethelbert King of Kent, lies to the east of the cathedral and city walls on Lady Wootton's Green.
Location: South East England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/28/2014 6:28:01 AM
Waymark Code: WMK16K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ambrosia
Views: 3

Long Description:

The inscription on the plinth of the statue reads:

Ethelbert King of Kent
Bretwalda of the English
AD 597

A plaque, close by, tells us:

Ethelbert, a pagan, was Kent's greatest king
& overlord of the Southern English Kimgdoms.

His queen, Bertha, a christian, was daughter
of Charibert king of Paris.

On 25th May AD 597 Augustine's mission landed
on Thanet off the Kent coast.

Here we imagine King Ethelbert greeting
Queen Bertha with this news as she returns
from worship at Saint Martin's Church.

Their marriage had opened Kent to this
Christian Mission, thus began the conversion
which drew the English into the mainstream
of European civilisation.

Kent's laws were recorded in written English
and Canterbury was established as the
enduring headquarters of the English church.

 

Monarch Ranking: King / Queen

Proper Title and Name of Monarch: King Ethelbert of Kent

Country or Empire of Influence: Kent / England

Website for additonal information: [Web Link]

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