Who was the first King of Wessex?

Updated: 4/28/2022
User Avatar

Wiki User

13y ago

Best Answer

According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the first King of Wessex was Cerdic, who reigned from 519 to 534. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle was written centuries later, and the historic record is quite unclear. At least one important historian places Cerdic's reign as 538 to 554, but there is no proof one way or the other.

Cerdic, by the way, is a Welsh name, not Saxon. Cynric, who was the next King of Wessex, also had a Welsh name, as did Ceawlin, who followed him. It all makes me very suspicious of those Anglo-Saxons and their Chronicle.

There is a link below to a list of Kings of Wessex.

User Avatar

Wiki User

13y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: Who was the first King of Wessex?
Write your answer...
Still have questions?
magnify glass