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St. Erconwald

VII Century
The brother of St. Ethelburga, Erconwald (Erkenwald/Earconwald) may have been of royal ancestry; his wealth was sufficient for the establishment of two monasteries: Chertsey in Surrey and Barking in Essex. His reputation for piety may have been the reason for his appointment to the see of London after the death of Bishop Wini in 675. Erconwald was present at the reconciliation of Theodore of Canterbury and Wilfrid, and some believe he helped mediate the end of the conflict. Erconwald resigned his office and retired to Barking, where he died c. 693.

Karen Rae Keck


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