Aescwine of Wessex

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King of Wessex
Reign 674–676
Died after 676
Predecessor Seaxburh
Successor Centwine
Father Cenfus

Aescwine was a King in Wessex from about 674 to 676. He was one of several underkings in Wessex at the time.

King in Wessex[change | change source]

Aescwine was the son of Cenfus, who also ruled Wessex as a subking.[1] They both claimed descent from Cynric through his son Ceolwulf.[a][1] After the death of Cenwalh the underkings took over Wessex and ruled it for about ten years.[2] According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Cenwalh was succeeded as ruler by his wife Seaxburh.[3] She ruled for about one year trying to hold central control over Wessex.[1] In 675, Aescwine defeated Wulfhere over territory north of the Thames.[4] Aescwine reigned from about 674 to 676.[1] He was succeeded by Centwine.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Not to be confused with Cynric's grandson Ceolwulf who ruled from 597 to 611.[5] This Ceolwulf did not reign.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mike Ashley, The Mammoth Book of British Kings and Queens (New york: Carroll & Graf, 1999), p. 306
  2. Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English People, trans. Leo Sherley Price, revsd. R. E. Latham (London; New York: Penguin, 1990), pp. 223-24
  3. Mike Ashley, The Mammoth Book of British Kings and Queens (New york: Carroll & Graf, 1999), pp. 305-06
  4. D. P. Kirby, The Earliest English Kings (London; New York: Routledge, 2000), p. 52
  5. Barbara Yorke, Kings and Kingdoms of Early Anglo-Saxon England (London: Routledge, 1997), p. 135
  6. G. H. Wheeler, 'The Genealogy of the Early West Saxon Kings', The English Historical Review, Vol. 36, No. 142 (Apr., 1921), p. 167

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