Cynric

Cynric
King of Wessex
Reign534–560
PredecessorCerdic, possibly Creoda
SuccessorCeawlin
Died560
IssueCeawlin
Cutha or Cuthwulf[1]
HouseWessex
FatherCerdic or Creoda

Cynric / 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, who is considered the founder of the kingdom of Wessex.[2] Some accounts cite that Cynric was (in the regnal list in the preface) the son of Cerdic's son, Creoda.[3]

Conquest

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle describes Cerdic and Cynric with five ships landing in the area around Southampton in 495.[4][5] According to the chronicle, the two are described as aristocratic "aldormen" but only assumed rule over the Gewissae (as the West Saxons were known before the late 7th century) in 519.[6] This implies that Cynric was not a royal leader, and he and his father were only elevated to kingship when they allegedly conquered the heartlands of the future Wessex.