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Wulfhere the Kind-Hearted
Isle of Wight, Hampshire


When Wulfhere, King of the Angles, invaded the Isle of Wight he defeated the Jutes in battle, and took Redwald the Bold captive. The spears of Wulfhere's soldiers would have slain the vanquished enemy, had not Edith of Stenbury flung himself at the King's feet with an impassioned cry: "Spare him, Wulfhere the Kind-Hearted!" Her prayer was granted, and it was not long before the two former enemies became bosom friends. Even when Wulfhere, to his bitter disappointment, found his suit rejected by Edith in favour of Redwald, he remained true to his name. Bequeathing the island to the care of the two lovers, he left its shores forever.

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