This timeline details all Kings of Wessex from 519 to 927
Cerdic and his son landed in the south of England in 495 and went on to conquer the west Saxons to become the first King of Wessex.
Fought many battles against the Britons.
Ceawlin continued his father’s work to expand Wessex but was deposed by his nephew Ceol.
Became King after deposing Ceawlin.
Became king after his brother, possibly because Ceol’s son was still young. He fought many battles against the Britons
Fought battles against the Mericans and Northumbrians. He was baptised as a Christian in the 630s. He may have ruled jointly with Cwichelm.
It is believed that he ruled jointly with Cynegils.
Married the sister of Penda of Mercia
Ruled after the death of his father. He was defeated and exiled in 645 by King Penda of Mercia after putting aside his wife.
Took control of Wessex after defeating and exiling Cenwalh who had put aside his wife, Penda’s sister.
Returned to power after being exiled for three years.
Ruled after the death of her husband until her own death.
Aescwine may have ruled with his father.
Ruled for ten years then abdicated and became a monk.
May have been exiled in his youth. He took control of Sussex after defeating King Aethelwealh but was later deposed. He may have co-ruled with Centwine for a time. He became King of Wessex after Centwine abdicated.
Married Aethelburh of Wessex
He may have ruled with his father Cenred for a while. Ine developed a code of laws for Wessex. Ine abdicated and went to Rome.
Became King of Wessex after Ine abdicated.
Fought against Aethelbald of Mercia who became overlord of Wessex. Cuthred’s son tried to depose him but was killed in the attempt. In 752 Cuthred defeated the Mercians and Wessex became independent again.
Was removed from power by the Witan after being accused of ruling unlawfully.
Fought many battles against Offa of Mercia. He was murdered by Cyneheard, brother of Sigeberht.
Married Eadburh, daughter of Offa of Mercia. The first Viking raid in the south occurred in 789.
Married to Redburga, daughter of Charlemagne, King of the Franks (this may be legend)
Egbert was ruler of Kent and managed to gain the submission of all Kingdoms of England. This was short-lived but he retained control of Wessex until his death.
Married to 1. Osburgh 2. Judith of France
Succeeded his father as King of Wessex. He faced repeated Viking invasions and raids. He took his youngest son, Alfred on a pilgrimage to Rome and on the way back married Judith of France, the 12 year old daughter of King Charles (the Bald) of France.
Ruled while his father was on pilgrimage and succeeded after his death. Aethelbald scandalously married his father’s widow, Judith of France.
Did not marry
Became King of Wessex after the death of his brother, Aethelbald
Married to Wulfthryth
Became King after the death of his brother, Aethelberht. His reign saw repeated Viking invasions and he died from injuries sustained in the Battle of Meretum. His sons Aethelhelm and Aethelwold were considered too young to rule when Aethelwulf died.
Married to Ealhswith
Alfred succeeded his brother Aethelred as King of Wessex. He drove the Vikings out of Wessex and began to unite England. He also fortified many towns against future Viking attacks.
Married 1. Ecgwynn, 2. Aelfflaed, 3. Eadgifu
Edward continued to drive out the Vikings and work towards uniting England. He took control of Mercia after the death of his sister, Aethelflaed, Lady of Mercia.
Did not marry
Achieved his father’s and grandfather’s aims and united England after taking Northumbria. He is generally recognised as the first King of all England
Published Mar 4, 2020 @ 10:05 pm – Updated –
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Heather Y Wheeler. (2020). Kings of Wessex 519 – 927. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/kings-of-wessex-519-927 Last accessed October 10th, 2021