king of the Gewisse

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Son of Cerdic, is said by the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle to have landed with his father in 495. Until his father's reputed death in 534, every reference is an alliterative pairing, suggesting that we are dealing with legend rather than fact. In 552 he is said to have defeated the Britons at Old Sarum, and in 556, with his son Ceawlin, at Barbury castle. His death is given as 560. Since this is sixty-five years after his first fighting appearance, he was either remarkably fit and lucky, or part of a founding myth. Other sources give him as the son of Creoda, and grandson of Cerdic, which would be chronologically more probable.

Subjects: British History — Archaeology.

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