Today in the Middle Ages: July 14, 664

On July 14, 664, Erconberct, King of Kent died.

What little is known of Erconberct comes from the Venerable Bede, who wrote in his Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation:

In the above­mentioned year [664 C.E.] of the aforesaid eclipse, which was presently followed by the pestilence, in which also Bishop Colman, being overcome by the unanimous consent of the Catholics, returned home, Deusdedit, the sixth bishop of the church of Canterbury, died on the 14th of July. Erconbert, also, king of Kent, departed this life the same month and day; leaving his kingdom to his son Egbert, which he held nine years.