It is mainly Early English, but the original church, attached to a Benedictine priory, was founded in 1095 on the site of a convent established by Eanswith, daughter of Eadbald, king of Kent in 630.
The three sons of Saberht, however, expelled Mellitus from his see, and even after their death in battle against the West Saxons, Eadbald of Kent was unable to restore him.
He died probably in 616, and was succeeded by his son Eadbald.
Eadbald married Emma, a Frankish princess, and died on the 10th of January 640.
In this year he entered upon negotiations with Eadbald of Kent for a marriage with his sister lEthelberg.
He was definitely recognized as overlord by all the other Anglo-Saxon kings of his day except Eadbald of Kent.
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