Cenred of Wessex

Cenred of Wessex

Cenred of Wessex was a member of the House of Wessex and a member of the direct male line from Cynric to Egbert. It is possible that Cenred ruled alongside his son Ine for a period. There is weak evidence for joint kingships, and stronger evidence of subkings reigning under a dominant ruler in Wessex, not long before his time. Ine acknowledges his father's help in his code of laws, and there is also a surviving land-grant that indicates Cenred was still reigning in Wessex after Ine's accession.

His father was Ceolwald of Wessex. Cenred had at least four children; Ine of Wessex, who went on to be one of the most successful kings of the West Saxons; Ingild of Wessex, who continued the royal line through his son Eoppa; and Cuthburga, who married the powerful Northumbrian king Aldfrith, and who became abbess of Wimborne. There may also have been another daughter who was married to King Aethelfrith of Wessex, but this claim may have been substantiated to further Aethelheard's claim to the throne.



Primary sources

  • Ine's charters at Anglo-Saxons.netSecondary sources
  • Kirby, D.P. (1992). The Earliest English Kings. London: Routledge.
  • Yorke, Barbara (1990). Kings and Kingdoms of Early Anglo-Saxon England. London: Seaby.

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