Kingdom of Wessex Timeline

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

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