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Sigered of Essex

Title : King of Essex

Reign : 798 – 825

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Parents : Sigeric, King of Essex

The last of the Kings of Essex as his rank was reduced to duke by his Mercian overlords in 812. This then saw Essex join Hwicce and Sussex in becoming Mercian provinces.

In 825 Essex joins Kent and East Anglia in revolting against Mercia and Sigered then disappears from the records.

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Sigeric of Essex

Title : King of Essex

Reign : 758 -798

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Parents : Saelred, King of Essex

The longest ruler of the Kingdom of Essex.  He was more and likely vassal to King Offa of Mercia.

Abdicated to go on pilgrimage to Rome.

Was succeeded by his son Sigered.

Swithred of Essex

Title : King of Essex

Reign : 746-758

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Parents : Sigemund

Possibly connection to either King Swithelm or Swaefred.  Possibly chosen as king because Saelred’s son Sigeric was under age at the time of his fathers dead.

Saelred of Essex

Title : King of Essex

Reign : c 709 – 746

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Died : 746

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Distinct relative of the previous king, Offa.  Possibly at the time Essex was a vassal to Mercia as their is no mention of any conflicts between the two kingdoms.

The Anglo Saxon Chronicle mentions his death in 746.

Offa of Essex

Title : King of Essex

Reign : 707-709

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Parents : Sigehere, King of Essex and Osyth, daughter of Firthwold.

According to Bede he was apparently good-looking and extremely popular.

Abdicated within two year of the beginning of his reign and then travelled to Rome with him his cousin Ceonred of Wessex.  After some time he became a monk and was succeeded by his cousin Saelred.