He was succeeded by Coenred 716-718, and Coenred by Osric 718-729.
As the laws of Ine of Wessex speak of Erconwald as "my bishop," it is possible that the influence of Wessex for a short time prevailed in Essex; but a subsequent charter of Swefred is approved by Coenred of Mercia, and Offa, the son of Sigehere, accompanied the same king to Rome in 709.
Osthryth was murdered in 697 and !Ethelred abdicated in 704, choosing Coenred as his successor.
He then became abbot of Bardney, and, according to Eddius, recommended Wilfrid to Coenred on his return from Rome. !Ethelred died at Bardney in 716.
In 704 !Ethelred resigned the crown and became a monk, leaving his kingdom to Coenred, the son of Wulfhere.
Coenred also abdicated five years later and went to Rome.