Person:Ealhmund of Kent (2)

Ealhmund of Kent
d.aft 784
Facts and Events
Name[1] Ealhmund of Kent
Gender Male
Birth? 762 Wessex, England
Marriage to
Occupation? 784 King of Kent
Other[9]  Speculative Wife?: Unknown of Kent (1) 
Other[1]  Speculative parents?: Eaba of Wessex and Unknown (1) 
Reference Number? Q728177?
Occupation[1] 784 Kent, EnglandLocal "King"
Death[6][7] aft 784

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Ealhmund was King of Kent in 784.

The only contemporary evidence of him is an abstract of a charter dated in that year, in which Ealhmund granted land to the Abbot of Reculver. By the following year Offa of Mercia seems to have been ruling directly, as he issued a charter without any mention of a local king.

There is a general consensus that he is identical to the Ealhmund found in two pedigrees in the Winchester (Parker) Chronicle, compiled during the reign of Alfred the Great. The genealogical preface to this manuscript, as well as the annual entry (covering years 855–859) describing the death of Æthelwulf, both make king Egbert of Wessex the son of an Ealhmund, who was son of Eafa, grandson of Eoppa, and great-grandson of Ingild, the brother of king Ine of Wessex, and descendant of founder Cerdic, and therefore a member of the House of Wessex (see House of Wessex family tree). A further entry has been added in a later hand to the 784 annal, reporting Ealhmund's reign in Kent.

Finally, in the Canterbury Bilingual Epitome, originally compiled after the Norman conquest of England, a later scribe has likewise added to the 784 annal not only Ealhmund's reign in Kent, but his explicit identification with the father of Egbert. Based on this reconstruction, in which a Wessex scion became king of Kent, his own Kentish name and that of his son, Egbert, it has been suggested that his mother derived from the royal house of Kent, a connection dismissed by a recent critical review.[1] Historian Heather Edwards has suggested that Ealhmund was probably a Kentish royal scion, whose pedigree was forged to give his son Egbert the descent from Cerdic requisite to reigning in Wessex.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ealhmund of Kent, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2.   Anglo-Saxon Bishops, Kings & Nobles, Eng. 104, p. 339, 342-43.
  3.   Royal Line of Succession, A16A225, p. 5.
  4.   Keiser und Koenig Hist., Gen. Hist. 25, pt 1, p. 95.
  5.   Hist. of the Anglo-Saxons, Eng. 36, v. 1, p. 362-71.
  6. EALHMUND, son of [EAFA & his wife ---] (-after 784, maybe after 801), in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.
  7. Ealhmund, in Baldwin, Stewart, and Todd Farmerie. The Henry Project (King Henry II ): Ancestors of King Henry II.
  8.   Ealhmund 4 (Male), in The Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England.

    Notes: Placing Ealhmund is extremely difficult because the lone charter in which he appears derives from a cartulary with highly unreliable dates (Brooks, Canterbury, 113, 349 n.15). Perhaps the best that can be said for him is that he ruled sometime during Jænberht 1's archiepiscopacy (i.e. 765-792). It is likely that he was interloper from Wessex as he was the descendant of Cenred 1, father of Ine 1, and was himself father of King Ecgberht 10 of Wessex.

  9. Stewart Baldwin notes that David H. Kelley's conjecture that Ealhmund's wife was a daughter of Æthelbeorht II, king of Kent, is "very uncertain."