Cerdic, king of the West Saxons

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Birthplace: Saxony, Germany
Death: 534 (66-68)
Wessex, England
Place of Burial: Hampshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Elesa
Father of Crioda, king of West Saxons
Brother of Parent of Stuf and Whitgar

Occupation: King
Managed by: Sally Gene Cole
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About Cerdic, king of the West Saxons

Cerdic is cited in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as a leader of the Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain, being the founder and first king of Saxon Wessex, reigning from 519 to 534. Subsequent kings of Wessex all had some level of descent claimed in the Chronicle from Cerdic.


Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

Whether or not Creola was father of Cynric is not certain. The Winchester Manuscript of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle lists Cynric as the son of Cerdic. However the Abingdon and Worcester Manuscripts have Creola as the son of Cerdic and father of Cynric.

The Winchester (or Parker) Chronicle has Cynric, son of Cerdic , son of Elesa, son of Gewis, son of Wig, son of Freawine, son of Frithugar, son of Brand, son of Beldeg, son of Woden, son of Finn, son of Godwulf, son of Geats (‘’Anglo-Saxon Chronicle’’ (A) : The Winchester Manuscript, Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 173, ff.1-32).

  • A.D. 508 . This year Cerdic and Cynric slew a British king, whose name was Natanleod, and five thousand men with him. After this was the land named Netley, from him, as far as Charford.
  • A.D. 519 . This year Cerdic and Cynric undertook the government of the West-Saxons; the same year they fought with the Britons at a place now called Charford. From that day have reigned the children of the West-Saxon kings.
  • A.D. 527 . This year Cerdic and Cynric fought with the Britons in the place that is called Cerdic's-ley.
  • A.D. 530 . This year Cerdic and Cynric took the isle of Wight,and slew many men in Carisbrook.
  • A.D. 534 . This year died Cerdic, the first king of the West-Saxons. Cynric his son succeeded to the government, and reigned afterwards twenty-six winters. And they gave to their two nephews, Stuff and Wihtgar, the whole of the Isle of Wight.
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Cerdic, king of the West Saxons's Timeline

Saxony, Germany
May 2, 493
Wessex Kingdom, Anglo Saxon England
Age 28
Age 28
founded a settlement on the coast of Hampshire, England
Age 28
Hampshire, England
- 534
Age 52
- 534
Age 52
Age 67
King of the West Saxons