Edwin or Eadwinboth: ?dw?n [key], 585??632, king of Northumbria (616?32), The son and heir of lla, king of Deira, he was kept from his inheritance by thelfrith. Edwin sought refuge with Rdwald, king of East Anglia, who in 616 defeated and killed thelfrith and gave Edwin the rule of all Northumbria. In a few years Edwin succeeded or superseded Rdwald as overlord of all the English kingdoms except Kent. The king was converted to Christianity by St. Paulinus, who accompanied the king's bride (a daughter of King thelbert of Kent) to Northumbria in 625. In 627, Edwin and many of his court were baptized at York, and he seems to have assisted Paulinus in the conversion of his people thereafter. Edwin in one of his raids attacked Cadwallon, king of North Wales. Later Cadwallon and Penda of Mercia defeated and killed Edwin and his son in 632.
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