Kingdom of Wessex Timeline

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  • 519 - 927
    Duration of the Kingdom of Wessex in Britain.
  • 519 - 540
    Reign of Cerdic, first king of Wessex.
  • 540 - 560
    Reign of Cerdic's son (or grandson) Cynric who expands realm of Wessex.
  • 560 - 592
    Reign of King Ceawlin in Wessex.
  • 592 - 597
    Reign of the king Ceol in Wessex.
  • 597 - 611
    Reign of King Ceolwulf in Wessex.
  • 611 - 643
    Reign of Cynegils in Wessex; first West Saxon king to convert to Christianity and be baptized.
  • 611 - 643
    Wessex loses territory, power, and prestige to Mercia during the reign of Cynegils.
  • 628
    Wessex defeated by Mercia at the Battle of Cirenchester.
  • 643 - 645
    Reign of Cenwalh in Wessex.
  • 645 - 648
    Mercia rules Wessex after Cenwalh deposed and driven into exile.
  • 648 - 673
    Cenwalh returns from exile and resumes rule in Wessex.
  • 674
    Ceanwalh's widow Seaxburh rules Wessex; only female ruler of the region.
  • 674 - 676
    Aescwine reigns as king of Wessex; defeats Mercia at Battle of Bedwyn.
  • 675
    Battle of Bedwyn; King Aescwine of Wessex defeats Mercian army, reclaims Wessex's territory.
  • 676 - 685
    Reign of King Centwine in Wessex.
  • 685 - 688
    Caedwalla reigns in Wessex; expands region through military conquest.
  • 688 - 726
    King Ine reigns in Wessex; issues early comprehensive law code.
  • 726 - 740
    Reign of Aethelheard in Wessex.
  • 740 - 756
    Reign of King Cuthred who reestablishes Wessex's primacy in region.
  • 756 - 757
    Reign of Sigeberht in Wessex. .
  • 757 - 786
    Reign of Cynewulf in Wessex. .
  • 786 - 802
    Reign of Beorhtric in Wessex; Mercia dominates Wessex during his reign.
  • 802 - 839
    Reign of King Egbert of Wessex, Ruler of Britain; Wessex dominates region. .
  • 825
    Battle of Ellandun; Egbert of Wessex defeats Beornwulf of Mercia.
  • 839 - 858
    Reign of Aethelwulf in Wessex; Viking raids repelled.
  • 855 - 860
    Reign of Aethelbald, son of Aethelwulf;Viking raids continue.
  • 860 - 865
    Reign of Aethelberht, son of Aethelwulf, in Wessex; Viking raids continue.
  • 865 - 871
    Reign of Aethelred, son of Aethelwulf, in Wessex; Viking raids continue.
  • 871 - 899
    Reign of Alfred the Great in Wessex; Vikings defeated at Eddington and London; Wessex becomes major power in the region.
  • 878
    The Battle of Eddington; Alfred the Great defeats Viking forces.
  • 886
    Alfred the Great subdues Vikings of London. .
  • 899 - 924
    Reign of Edward the Elder in Wessex; Mercia annexed. .
  • 924 - 927
    Reign of Athelstan as King of the Anglo-Saxons before becoming first King of England.
  • 937
    The Battle of Brunanburh; Athelstan defeats coalition from Britain, Ireland, and Scotland;consolidates rule.