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The Kingdom of Wessex

The Kingdom of the West Saxons appeared in the early 6th Century somewhere in the area of Hampshire, eventually to spread to the whole of Berkshire* Dorset, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire but in 802 King Ecgbryht (Eegbert) was to become the first King of all England. The term Wessex is still in use today and denotes the same area as previously described.

* Today, the former county of Berkshire has been divided as a result of increasing population levels into West Berkshire, Reading, Slough, Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Windsor and Maidenhead

The table below lists the Kings of Wessex in chronological order with the dates of their reign.

Ancient English Tribal Kings
King of Wessex From To Notes

Woden

Baeldaeg

Brand

Freothogar

Fraewine

Wig

Gewis

Esla

The arrival of the Saxons in England around 473 AD

Elesa

519

Cerdic

519

534

First King of Wessex

Cynric

534

560

Ceawlin

560

592

Ceola

592

597

Ceolwulf

597

611

Cynegils

611

642

Cenwalh

642

672

Aescwine

673

676

Centwine

676

686

Ceadwalla

686

688

Ine

688

726

Aethelheard

726

740

Cuthred

740

756

Sigebryht

756

757

Cynewulf

757

786

Brihtric

786

802

 

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