Cenred of Wessex

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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.[1] Ine acknowledges his father's help in his code of laws,[2] and there is also a surviving land-grant that indicates Cenred was still reigning in Wessex after Ine's accession.[3][4]

His father was Ceolwald of Wessex. Cenred had at least three other children: Ingild, the great-grandfather of Ealhmund of Kent, and the great-great grandfather of Egbert; Cuthburh, who married Aldfrith of Northumbria, and became abbess of Wimborne; and Cwenburh, who may have succeeded her sister as abbess at Wimborne.

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  1. ^ Yorke, Kings and Kingdoms, p.145–146
  2. ^ Kirby, Earliest English Kings, p. 122.
  3. ^ "Anglo-Saxons.net S 1164". Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  4. ^ Kirby, Earliest English Kings, p. 120.


Primary sources
Secondary sources
  • Kirby, D.P. (1992). The Earliest English Kings. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-09086-5.
  • Yorke, Barbara (1990). Kings and Kingdoms of Early Anglo-Saxon England. London: Seaby. ISBN 1-85264-027-8.

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