There had been four anglo-saxon kingdoms at the time of alfred's birth, but before his death all but wessex had been overrun by the vikings, and their kings killed or exiled but in the 19th century, when there was great interest in anglo- saxon origins of the english state and character, there were no such doubts alfred. Alfred: alfred, king of wessex (871–899), a saxon kingdom in southwestern england the anglo-saxon chronicle, one of the greatest sources of information about saxon england, which began to be circulated about 890, may have its origin in some of his works were copied as late as the 12th century. The first survey of religious beliefs in the british isles from the old stone age to the coming of christianity, based on new archaeological evidence the king's body: burial and succession in late anglo-saxon england by nicole marafioti investigates the role of royal bodies, funerals, and graves in english succession. This was a significant development in the history of britain, and england specifically king alfred of the kingdom of wessex (later known as alfred the great) led the resistance to the viking invasion in doing so he was able to unite under his kingship the other anglo-saxon kingdoms that were not subject to. The heptarchy is a collective name applied to the anglo-saxon kingdoms of south, east, and central great britain during late antiquity and the early middle ages in the late sixth century the king of kent was a prominent lord in the south in the seventh century the rulers of northumbria and wessex were powerful in the.
As for the gewissae in cerdic's story, it seems likely that gewis could have been a thames valley saxon leader whose pedigree was later attached to cerdic to give him a degree of legitimacy in the eyes of rival anglo-saxon kings whatever the politics of the situation in the thames valley and the west saxon heartland of. Usually an opportunity to treat the history of any one kingdom as a whole this study surveys the history of the six best-recorded anglo-saxon kingdoms within the period ad 600–900: kent, the east saxons, the east angles, northumbria, mercia and wessex the chapters, like many of the available written sources. Bede's history of the english people mentions angles, jutes and saxons as the main invading tribes, but frisians (friesians) and swedes - who shared the same broad the family of the earliest anglo-saxon kings of wessex is called the house of cerdic because of this entry in the anglo-saxon chronicle for 495.
Secondly, i have now included the mythical antecedents to the historical kings - like woden, but where we know it, the person each people talked about as their ancestor - the mercians the history of england podcast looks at the 7th century as wessex finds its place amongst the anglo saxon nations. The anglo saxon kings of wessex which of course included hampshire quashed the vikings and adopted christianity anglo saxon hampshire was pivotal, in both time and place, in the history of england ribbon developments along the river valleys also took place but not until the later anglo saxon period later. 694 - king ine of wessex attacks kent and extorts 30,000 pence from its people in recompense for the murder of its late king, mul 702 - archbishop berhtwald of canterbury calls the synod of austerfield to decide the rights of st wilfred, some-time bishop of york ine attacks the south saxons and kills ealdberht.
It is clear from the examples of the goths and the lombards (discussed in the document hungary kings) that mass migrations during the early medieval period could involve several stages of settlement before the ultimate destination was reached whatever the precise origin of the invaders, it is certain that there is little. At a time when the country was under threat from danish raids, this was aimed at preventing a child inheriting the throne with the related weaknesses in leadership in 870 ad the danes attacked the only remaining independent anglo-saxon kingdom, wessex, whose forces were commanded by alfred's older brother, king. Between the retreat of the roman legions and the arrival of the normans, very little historical information survives the romanisation of the traditionally, the initial saxon conquest and occupation of the herefordshire section of the marches is credited to the kings of wessex in the late 6th century by the middle of the 8th.
The traditional date of 449 ad for the arrival of the anglo-saxon invaders of britain is taken from the 'ecclesiastical history of the english', completed by the venerable bede gildas does not name the britons' leader, but centuries later the battle has become associated with the name of the mythical king arthur while the.
While the details of the later monarchs are confirmed by a number of sources, the earlier ones are in many cases obscure the names are given in modern english form followed by the names and titles (as far as is known) in contemporary old english (anglo-saxon) and latin, the prevalent official languages of the time in. In england, mercia and later wessex came to dominate, giving rise to the start of the monarchy throughout the anglo-saxon period the succession was frequently contested, by both the anglo-saxon aristocracy and leaders of the settling scandinavian communities the scandinavian influence was to prove strong in the. Egbert (also known as ecbriht or ecberht referred to as 'ecbert' in history channel's 'vikings' tv series) was an anglo-saxon king of wessex during the to the throne of wessex upon king beorhtric's death (namely in 802 being initially exiled by offa of mercia and king beorhtric of wessex in the late 8th.