Mortuary chest of King Egbert (d. 839 A.D.).

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Mortuary chest of King Egbert (d. 839 A.D.).




The mortuary chest of King Egbert (d. 839 A.D.) After spending much of his youth in exile at Charlemagne's court, Egbert returned in 802 to reclaim the Kingdom of Kent. By 830 he had become the first king to bring all of the English people under one overlord. His last great military victory at Hingston Down repelled a Viking invasion. This chest containing his bones is one of many mortuary receptacles that sit atop the choir screen in Winchester Cathedral at London, England. The bones were scattered by Cromwellian soldiers during the English Civil War; at the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, the bones were gathered and returned to the chests.

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