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Cynric (Wessex) of the West Saxons (abt. 0510 - abt. 0560)

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Cynric "King of the Gewissae" of the West Saxons formerly Wessex
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Died about in Wessex, Englandmap
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Categories: House of Wessex | Ancient Royals and Aristocrats Project | Uncertain Existence.

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Cynric (Wessex) of the West Saxons was a member of aristocracy in ancient Europe.
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Preceded by
King of the West Saxons
534 - 560
Succeeded by
Research suggests that this person may never have existed. See the text for details.

EuroAristo Project Note

Roger is currently (20130726) identifying Cynric's father (or perhaps grandfather, or perhaps neither) Cerdic as the upper limit of Wessex management. Filiations which are probably legendary will be treated as real, with notes to that effect in the biographies of Cerdic's "descendants."

No mother or spouses are reliably attested for Cynric. Any linking of a mother or a spouse without the express agreement of the EuroAristo project in the G2G forum will be disconnected.



Cynric of Wessex ruled as king of Wessex from 534 to 560. Everything known about him comes from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle... son of Cerdic, and also (in regnal list in preface) son of Cerdic's son, Creoda (who does not feature in the annals at all). Against the date 495AD the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle says "Here two chieftains, Cerdic and Cynric, his son, came to Britain with 5 ships" [1] Version B C E of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle add an extra generation between Cerdic and Cynric, Creoda. [2]

During his reign he is said to have captured Searobyrig or Old Sarum, near Salisbury, in 552, and that in 556 he and his son Ceawlin won a battle against the Britons at Beranburh, now identified as Barbury Castle.[3]If these dates are accurate, then it is unlikely that the earlier entries in the chronicle, starting with his arrival in Britain with his father Cerdic in 495, are correct. David Dumville has suggested that his true regnal dates are 554-581.


Popular genealogys sometimes name him as father of Moalda the Stout, wife of Halfdan the Valiant Haraldsson and mother of Ivar Vidfane probably caused by a mis-reading of the source which has made her Moalda Kinriksdottir. (see argument on her profile).


  1. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles Translated and edited by Michael Swanson. Phoenix Press ISBN 1 84212 003 4 The Winchester Manuscript Page 15
  2. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles Translated and edited by Michael Swanson. Phoenix Press ISBN 1 84212 003 4 The Winchester Manuscript Page 66 note
  3. Wikipedia: Barbury Castle

See also


  • WikiTree profile Of Denmark-43 created through the import of YOUNG.ged on Jul 12, 2011 by Zak Young.
  • This person was created through the import of David Rentschler Family Tree_2010-09-30.ged on 01 October 2010.

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On 1 Sep 2018 at 14:15 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:

Denmark-241 and Wessex-365 appear to represent the same person because: Denmark-241 git himself in a bit of a mess but was always son of Crioda. Please merge

On 27 Aug 2018 at 22:37 GMT Sheri (Petersen) Sturm wrote:

i would try to reach David Rentschler, as he is the one who originated the profile.

On 27 Aug 2018 at 20:58 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:

Cyric legendary King of Wessex, not Denmark.

On 2 May 2015 at 17:05 GMT Paul Toplis wrote:

Wessex-418 and Wessex-365 are not ready to be merged because: Should be completed by a Project member

Cynric is 43 degrees from Rosa Parks, 39 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 30 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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