This timeline details all Kings of East Anglia from 560 to 918
Wehha was a ruler of East Anglia but there is some confusion as to whether he ruled just the north or the south of the county or whether he began the process of uniting the tribes.
Wuffa is credited with being the first King of all of East Anglia having united the north and the south. He and his descendants are known as the Wuffingas dynasty.
No details of Tytila’s reign are recorded.
Raedwald was the first Christian king of East Anglia. It is believed that Gipeswic (Ipswich) may have become the capital of East Anglia during Raedwald’s reign. He sought to enlarge East Anglia and took land from Mercia. Raedwald gave refuge to Edwin of Northumbria when he was deposed and then helped him to regain his throne. Raedwald is listed as a great king by the sources and it is believed he is the king that was buried at the burial mound discovered at Sutton Hoo in 1939.
Like his father, Eorpwald embraced Christianity. He was murdered by hs brother Ricberht who was a pagan.
He became king after murdering his brother King Eorpwald. Penda of Mercia began taking back land taken by Raedwald.
Ruled after the death of his brother Ricberht. He ruled the kingdom jointly with Ecgric, who was his brother or nephew. Sigeberht was a Christian and restored the religion to East Anglia. Around 634 he abdicated to enter a monastery leaving Ecgric as sole king. In 636 he joined Ecgric in battle against Penda of Mercia and was killed.
Ruled the kingdom jointly with Sigeberht, who was his brother or uncle. After Sigeberht abdicated to enter a monastery, Ecgric became sole king. In 636 he was killed in battle against Penda of Mercia.
Became king after the deaths of Sigeberht and Ecgric in battle against Mercia. He gave refuge to King Cenwalh of Wessex who was exiled by Penda of Mercia. Anna’s daughter Ethelreda married Egfrith of Northumbria. Anna was killed in battle against Penda at Blytheburgh.
Succeeded after the death of his brother. He allied himself with Penda of Mercia against Oswiu of Northumbria. Both men were killed in the Battle of Winwaed against Northumbria.
Little is known of Aethelwold’s reign. Unlike his predecessors his reign was not subject to invasion by Mercia because Penda had been killed in the Battle of Winwaed
Ealdwulf’s reign began with a great plague that likely killed a large number of the population. Afterwards, East Anglia was relatively peaceful and saw a period of economic growth. Ealdwulf ruled until his death.
Aelfwald was the last of the Wuffingas dynasty. His reign saw continued peace in East Anglia.
Beonna was ruler of East Anglia after the death of Ealdwulf. Very little is known of his life or reign. He may have jointly reigned with Alberht and possibly Hun, or they may have been sub-kings.
There are no recorded details of his reign.
The Kingdom of East Anglia was under continual attack from Offa of Mercia. Aethelberht was captured and executed under the order of Offa of Mercia.
Took control of East Anglia until his death.
After the death of Offa of Mercia, East Anglia managed to regain independence under Eadwald. He reigned until he either died or was deposed by Ceonwulf.
After the death of his father was unable to maintain control of East Anglia. After the death of Eadwald he took the county back under the control of Mercia.
Became King after his brother died. Aethelstan of East Anglia had tried to take the throne after the death of Ceonwulf but was unsuccessful. He was deposed by Beornwulf.
Mercia began to lose control during the reign of Beornwulf. He fought the Battle of Ellandon against Wessex and lost. Aethelstan again challenged Mercian rule in East Anglia. Beornwulf attacked but was killed in battle.
After the death of Beornwulf Aethelstan took control of East Anglia. He remained king until his death.
Became king after the death of Aethelstan. His reign saw the first Viking attack on neighbouring Lindsey. Little else is known of his reign which ended when he died.
Became King after the death of his father. He was the last native East Anglian king. He was killed by the Vikings after being tied to a tree and shot with arrows until he died.
Oswald was installed as a puppet king by the Vikings.
Was a puppet king under Viking rule.
After agreeing the Peace of Wedmore with Alfred the Great, Guthrum was baptised and ruled East Anglia as King Aethelstan until his death.
Succeeded his father as king of East Anglia. He supported the cause of Aethelwold of Wessex against King Alfred’s son, Edward the Elder. Although the Vikings were victorious at the Battle of Holme, Aethelwold and Eohric were killed.
Guthrum took control after the death of Eohric. The Viking victory at the Battle of Holme meant Guthrum II was able to gain a payment of silver from Edward the Elder to maintain peace. In 918 Guthrum was killed in battle against Edward who took control of East Anglia.
Published May 11, 2020 @ 9:12 pm – Updated –
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