This timeline details all Kings of Sussex from 477 to 827
Aelle, leader of the South Saxons, landed at Cymensora (possibly Selsey) and conquered the region to become first King of Sussex. The exact date of his death is not known but thought to be around 514.
Succeeded his father as King. Little is known of his life or reign. It is believed he died around 567.
Records indicate Aethelwealh was King by 660. It is known that he became a Christian while visiting King Wulfhere of Mercia around 661. He was killed in battle by Caedwalla of Wessex.
Took control after the death of Aethelwealh and drove Caedwalla out. However Caedwalla returned the following year and killed Berhthun. The fate of Andhun is not known.
Little is known of Aethelstan. He may have ruled jointly with Nothelm before ruling on his own. In 722 Ine of Wessex attacked Sussex and killed Ealdberht, a nobleman exiled from Wessex who had sought refuge in Sussex. In 726 Ine of Wessex abdicated and Wessex and Sussex came under the control of Aethelbald of Mercia.
Little is known of his reign.
It is believed he ruled with sub-kings Oslac, Ealdwulf and Aelfwald. Around 770 Offa of Mercia took control of Sussex. Osmund and his sub-kings were demoted.
May have ruled as a puppet king under the control of Offa of Mercia.
King Egbert of Wessex defeated Mercia at the Battle of Ellandon. Egbert received the submission of Sussex and Essex. Sussex, now a province of Wessex, was no longer a kingdom.
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Heather Y Wheeler. (2020). Kings of Sussex 477 – 825. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/kings-of-sussex-477-825 Last accessed October 26th, 2020