Book of Saints – Ethelbert – 24 February


ETHELBERT (Saint) King (February 24) (7th century) The first Anglo-Saxon monarch to embrace the Christian Faith. An able ruler and a wise legislator, succeeding his father, Ermenric, on the throne of Kent, A.D. 560, he practically ruled over all the Southern principalities of the Heptarchy. In the year 597, encouraged by his Queen, Bertha of France, he welcomed the Missionaries sent by Pope Saint Gregory to England under Saint Augustine. Converted to Christianity, he founded Canterbury and Rochester Cathedrals, and Saint Paul’s, London. He died A.D. 616, and was buried in the Abbey which he had likewise built at Canterbury. In Church Dedications he is often styled Saint Albert.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Ethelbert”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 January 2013. Web. 27 November 2020. <>