Æscwine of Wessex
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Bede writes that after the death of King Cenwalh in 672: "his under-rulers took upon them the kingdom of the people, and dividing it among themselves, held it ten years". According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Cenwalh was succeeded as ruler for about one year by his wife Seaxburh. Æscwine reigned from about 674 to 676. Another source claims that Æscwine's father, Cenfus (Old English: Cēnfūs), ruled for two years after Seaxburh.
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle supplies a genealogy, making him a fifth-generation descendant of Cynric. Bede's dismissal of Æscwine as a mere sub-king may represent the views of the supporters of the King Ine, whose family ruled Wessex in Bede's time, as Ine's family were bona fide descendants of Cynric through Ceawlin's son Cuthwine.
Æscwine was succeeded by Centwine.
- Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Book IV, chapter 12.
- Barbara Yorke, Cenwalh, Oxford Online Dictionary of National Biography, 2004
- Rulers of Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms, Oxford Online Dictionary of National Biography, 2004
- Kirby, D.P., The Earliest English Kings, p.52. Cenfus is not listed in modern king lists, e.g. Yorke, Barbara, Kings and Kingdoms of Early Anglo-Saxon England, pp. 133–134.
- Kirby, pp. 52–53.
- Kirby, p. 52
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