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Cenwulf (d. 821), king of Mercia (796–821). Cenwulf became king after the brief reign of Ecgfrith, son of the great Offa, doubtless by a coup, for he was only remotely related to his predecessor. He took over Offa's extensive authority in southern England. In 798 he repressed a revolt in Kent, brutally. His authority there was diminished by a long and bitter dispute with Archbishop Wulfred of Canterbury, appointed in 805. He fought successful wars in Wales in 816 and 818. Founder, or a major benefactor, of Winchcombe abbey, he was buried there.

James Campbell

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