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Raedwald of East Anglia

Rędwald of East Anglia was Bretwalda from 616-627. He is thought to be the most likely candidate to be the principal of the Sutton Hoo ship burial; although no bodily remains were ever retrieved from this site.

In 616 Rędwald defeated Æthelfrith of Northumbria, thereby promoting the exiled Edwin to the Northumbrian kingship.

He is thought to have vacillated between Christianity and the old pagan beliefs; according to Bede, at his temple in Rendlesham he had both a Christian shrine and a pagan shrine side by side. This juxtaposition was not an uncommon occurrence during the early years of Christianity in Britain.

Preceded by:
Ethelbert of Kent
List of British monarchs Succeeded by:
Edwin of Deira