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Chlotar I, King of the Franks
(Cir 0497-0561)
(Cir 0499-)
(Cir 0517-0567/0567)
(0539-Cir 0612)


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1. AEthelbert I (St.) of Kent

Bertha 2409,2746,3003

  • Born: 539
  • Marriage (1): AEthelbert I (St.) of Kent
  • Died: Cir 612

   Another name for Bertha was Aldeberge.


  General Notes:

She was a Frankish princess, daughter of Charibert and the pious Ingoberga. In marrying the pagan King Ethelbert of Kent, she brought her chaplain Liudhard with her, and restored a Christian church in Canterbury, which dated form the Roman occupation, dedicating it to St. Martin. The present St. Martin's at Canterbury occupies the same site. St. Augustine, who was sent by Gregory the Great to preach the Gospel in England in 596, no doubt owed much of his favourable reception to the influence of Bertha. St. Gregory in 601 addressed to her a letter of thanks, which is still preserved. It is printed in Haddan and Stubbs, III, 17. Ethelbert himself was baptized on Whitsunday in 597, and Canterbury became the mother-church of England. Bertha was sometimes styled "Saint", but there is no clear evidence of cultus. 3581


  Noted events in her life were:

• She worked as a Princess of Paris.

• She worked as a Queen of Kent.


Bertha married AEthelbert I (St.) of Kent, son of Eormenric of Kent and Unknown. (AEthelbert I (St.) of Kent was born in 552 2501 and died on 24 Feb 616.)