Saint Ethelbert of Kent

detail of a sculpture of Saint Ethelbert of Kent, Canterbury Cathedral, England; date unknown, sculptor unknown; photographed on 15 February 2009 by Saforrest; swiped off Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Ædilberct
  • Æthelberht
  • Aedilberct
  • Aethelberht
  • Aibert
  • Albert
  • Edilbertus



Son of Eormenric; great-grandson of Hengist, Saxon conqueror of Britain. Raised as a pagan worshipper of Odin. King of Kent (in modern England) in 560. Defeated by Ceawlin of Wessex at the battle of Wimbledon in 568, ending his attempt to rule all of Britain. Married the Christian Bertha, daughter of Charibert, King of the Franks; they had three children, including Saint Ethelburgh of Kent. Convert to Christianity, baptized by Saint Augustine of Canterbury in 597; his example led to the baptism of 10,000 of his countrymen within a few months, and he supported Augustine in his missionary work with land, finances and influence. Issued the first written laws to the English people in 604.




MLA Citation

  • “Saint Ethelbert of Kent“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 May 2020. Web. 24 October 2021. <>