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Swithelm of Essex

Title : King of Essex

Reign : 660-663

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Died : 663

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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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Parents : Sigeferth, younger cousin of Sæberht

Sigeberht II was sometimes called the Good or the Blessed. He ruled between c 653 and c 660. Was converted to Christianity during a trip to Northumbria.  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.