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ETHELRED

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Originally appearing in Volume V01, Page 290 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ETHELRED, king of Mercia, succeeded his brother Wulfhere in A.D. 675. In 676 he ravaged Kent with fire and sword, destroying the monasteries and churches and taking Rochester. 'Ethelred married Osthryth, the sister of Ecgfrith, king of Northumbria, but in spite of this connexion a quarrel arose between the two kings, presumably over the possession of the province of Lindsey, which Ecgfrith had won back at the close of the reign of Wulfhere. In a battle on the banks of the Trent in 679, the king of Mercia was victorious and regained the province. 'Elfwine, the brother of Ecgfrith, was slain on this occasion, but at the intervention of Theodore, archbishop of Canterbury, 'Ethelred agreed to pay a wergild for the Northumbrian prince and so prevented further hostilities. Osthryth was murdered in 697 and "Ethelred abdicated in 704, choosing Ccenred as his successor. He then became abbot of Bardney, and, according to Eddius, recommended Wilfrid to Ccenred on his return from Rome. "Ethelred died at Bardney in 716. (See W ILFRID.)
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