Cenwalh of Wessex

Cenwalh (died 674) was the king of Wessex from 643 to 674, except for a brief period (645648) when he was driven out of his kingdom by Penda of Mercia. During this period, he sought refuge with Anna of East Anglia, who convinced him to be christened. As king of Wessex, Cenwalh encouraged Saint Birinus to establish churches throughout his kingdom.

He was co-ruler from 672 to 674 with his wife Seaxburh.


Preceded by:
Cynegils
'King of Wessex
First Reign'

643 - 645
Succeeded by:
Penda
Preceded by:
Penda
'King of Wessex
Second Reign'

648 - 674
Succeeded by:
Seaxburh

 

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