Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Remains of Anglo-Saxon princess who could be the Queen’s earliest known relative discovered by scientists in Kent
Eanswythe, the daughter of King Eadbald, is believed to have founded England’s first nunnery before her life was cut short, likely as a result of bubonic plague
An Anglo-Saxon princess who was one of England’s earliest Christian saints has been identified by scientists in a church in Kent.
Some historical evidence suggests that she may be the present Queen’s earliest known relative whose remains have so far been identified.
Dating from the mid-seventh century AD, the princess was the daughter of King Eadbald (literally “the prosperous one”), the ruler of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Kent, who was that micro-country’s monarch from 616 (or 618) to 640.
Parts of the Kentish royal dynasty’s lineage are unclear but some interpretations of their genealogy suggests that he was the present Queen’s 40th great grandfather.
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