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Centwine

(c. 615—690) king of the Gewisse


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The son of king Cynegils, succeeded in 676 and must have been middle-aged at the time. He was married to a sister of Eormenburh, queen of Northumbria. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle reported that in 682 he ‘drove the Britons to the sea’, i.e. he pushed further into west Somerset and Devon. However, in 685 he was dispossessed by Caedwalla, a distant kinsman, and retired to a monastery, where he soon died.

From The Kings and Queens of Britain in Oxford Reference.

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