King Cynegils of Wessex converts to Christianity

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  • Alice Hicklin (University of Cambridge)

Historical Context Note

Cynegils was the first of the West Saxon kings to convert to Christianity, and received baptism from Bishop Birinus, a missionary sent to England by Pope Honorius. His conversion may also have been stimulated by an alliance with the Christian Northumbrian king Oswald, to whom he married his daughter.

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Hicklin, Alice. "King Cynegils of Wessex converts to Christianity". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 June 2016
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

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  1. Reigns and Monarchy in the British Isles