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The extreme west of the modern county was by the time of Roman Britain occupied by Iron Age tribes, known as the Regnenses.
In 597, Pope Gregory I appointed the religious missionary (who became Saint Augustine of Canterbury after his death) as the first Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Kent people's continued resistance against the Normans led to Kent's designation as a semi-autonomous county palatine in 1067.
Under the nominal rule of William's half-brother Odo of Bayeux, the county was granted similar powers to those granted in the areas bordering Wales and Scotland.
In the previous year, Augustine successfully converted the pagan King Æthelberht of Kent to Christianity.
The Diocese of Canterbury became England's first Episcopal See with first cathedral and has since remained England's centre of Christianity.