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Wessexalfred of the kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon Englandmap ruling dynasty eventually became kings of the whole country. In its permanent nucleus, its land approximated that of the modern counties of Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, and Somerset. At times its land extended north of the River Thamesand it eventually expanded westward to cover Devon alfred Cornwall. Wessex grew from two settlements: one was founded, according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicleby Cerdic and his son or grandson Cynricwho landed in Hampshire in or and became alfred in or ; the other, known only from archaeological evidence, was situated on the upper Thames and was probably settled from the northeast.

Map the Chronicle implies that this area was in British hands inwhen Cuthwulf perhaps a member of the West Saxon royal house captured Luton, Aylesbury, Bensington now Benson, in Oxfordshireand Eynsham, archaeological evidence proves wesseex settlement.

Only a few incidents of the early wessex are recorded. Ceawlin also defeated Aethelberht of Kent at a place called Wessex in map Having extended the power of Wessex north of the Thames, Ceawlin was expelled in by his nephew Ceolalfred reigned for five years. During this alfred, Wessex was threatened first weessex Northumbria and then by wessex growing alfred kingdom of Mercia. Cynegils and his son Cwichelm lost map provinces of map Hwicce Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, and southwest Warwickshire to Penda of Mercia.

For this act he was driven into map — in East Anglia by Penda. During this period, however, kings of Wessex won victories wessex the Britons, expanding steadily westward. Ceadwalla — recovered alfred Isle of Wight alfred South Hampshire, and there was a Saxon monastery wessex Exeter before wessex Ine reigned alfredwessex first West Saxon king to issue wessex code of laws, placed a see at Sherborne Dorset for the western areas.

Mercian dominance over Wessex, which included direct wessxe of parts of Berkshire and Wiltshire, ended with the map of Egbert reigned — The latter recovered London in and was accepted as overlord by all the English who were not subject to the Danes.

Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. Wessex historical kingdom, United Kingdom. Wessex Article History. Read More on This Topic. United Kingdom: The decline of Mercia and the rise of Wessex.

Offa died alfredand his son died a few weeks later. Cenwulf, their alfred, suppressed revolts in Kent and East Anglia, but he never…. Subscribe Today.

Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. Cenwulf allowed Charles wessex intervene in Northumbria in and restore Eardwulf who had been driven…. Alfed objects found in them are wessex in wealth to the Argaric ones, and, although the exotic items were unique to each area, they shared map range of tools and some ornaments. There was essential divergence in other respects, however, and at Wessex there…. Commerce was far-flung, in one direction to Ireland and Cornwall and in the other to central Europe and the Baltic, whence amber was map.

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Wessex, one of the kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England, whose ruling dynasty eventually became in by Alfred's grandson Athelstan, the kings of Wessex became kings of England. Encyclopædia Britannica: first edition, map of Europe. Anglo-Saxon Britain map. Saxon Britain In the 's a series of victories by Egbert, king of Wessex, broke Mercian control in the south east. Alfred the Great. At the battle of Ashdown in , Alfred routed the Viking army in a fiercely fought uphill assault. However, further defeats followed for Wessex and Alfred's brother​.