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King of Wessex
Reign 534–560
Predecessor Cerdic
Successor Ceawlin
Died 560
Issue Ceawlin
Cutha or Cuthwulf[1]
House Wessex
Father Cerdic or Creoda of Wessex

Cynric[needs IPA] was King of Wessex from 534 to 560. Everything known about him comes from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. There, he is stated to have been the son of Cerdic and also (in the regnal list in the preface) to have been the son of Cerdic's son, Creoda. During his reign, it is said that the Saxons expanded into Wiltshire against strong resistance and captured Searobyrig, or Old Sarum, near Salisbury, in 552. In 556, he and his son Ceawlin won a battle against the Britons at Beranburh, now identified as Barbury Castle.[2] If these dates are accurate, then it is unlikely that the earlier entries in the Chronicle, starting with his arrival in Britain with his father Cerdic in 495, are correct. David Dumville has suggested that his true regnal dates are 554–581.[citation needed]


The name Cynric has a straightforward Old English etymology meaning "Kin-ruler".

In popular culture[edit]

In the 2004 film King Arthur, Cerdic and Cynric were depicted as Saxon invaders and were killed, respectively, by King Arthur and Lancelot at the Battle of Badon Hill (Mons Badonicus). Cynric was portrayed by Til Schweiger.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ According to the Online DNB article on Ceol, he was the son of Cutha (probably Cuthwulf) and grandson of Cynric
  2. ^ Myres, p. 162


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Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of Wessex
Succeeded by
Ceawlin of Wessex