(d. c. 514)

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(d. c.514),

founder of the South Saxon kingdom, is said to have landed near Selsey Bill in 477, traditionally with three sons and three ships, driving the Britons back into Andredesweald. His next recorded battle, in 485, took place near an unknown stream, Mearcredes burna, and in 491, Ælle and his son Cissa successfully stormed the fort of Anderida, near Pevensey. Named by Bede as first of the bretwaldas, a powerful overlord, he was probably leader of a general Anglo‐Saxon push against Britons in the south.

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