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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