Swithelm of Essex

Title : King of Essex

Reign : 660-664

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Swithelm ruled in Essex as king between 660-664. With his brother it is believed they killed the previous King Sigeberht II the Good.

The accused Sigeberht of being too friendly towards Christians, but was persuaded to convert to Christianity by Aethelwald, King of East Anglia.

Sigeberht II the Good

Title : King of Essex

Reign : c 653 – c 660

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Sigeberht II was sometimes called the Good or the Blessed. He ruled between c 653 and c 660. The re-Christianity of Essex took place during his reign.

He could have been murdered by his successor Swithelm in a power struggle with in the East Saxon elite.

Sæward of Essex

Title : King of Essex

Reign : c 616 – c 617

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Died : c.617

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Parents : Sæberht, King of Essex

Sæward was King of Essex between c 616 and c 617. He ruled jointly with his brother Sexred.

The brothers were killed in battle with the West Saxons led by Ceawlin and Cwichelm.

Sexred of Essex

Title : King of Essex

Reign : c 616 – c 617

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Died : c.617

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Parents : Sæberht, King of Essex

Sexred was King of Essex between c 616 and c 617. He ruled jointly with his brother Sæward.

The brothers were killed in battle with the West Saxons led by Ceawlin and Cwichelm.

Sæberht of Essex

Title : King of Essex

Reign : c.604 – c.616

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Spouse : Ethelgoda

Parents : Sledd, King of Essex and Ricula, sister of King Æthelberht of Kent

Succeeded his father Sledd as King of Essex in c.604 and is known as the first East Saxon king to convert to Christianity. He converted in 604 as per Bede and was baptised by Mellitus, Bishop of London.

Later medieval legend states that Sæberht and his wife Ethelgoda built the original chapel on the site of Westminster Abbey and were later buried there.

Sledd of Essex

Sledd (or Sledda) of Essex

Title : King of Essex

Reign : c 587 – c 604

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Died : c.604

Spouse : Ricula, sister to King Æthelberht of Kent

Parents : Æscwine, King of Essex

Sledd was the son of Æscwine and the second king of the East Saxons and succeeded to the throne on the death of his father about c.587

Stedd married Ricula, sister to King Æthelberht of Kent and he was father to Sæberht whise rule bgan in c.604.  Another son is named as Seaxbald.