King Cynegils of Wessex converts to Christianity

Historical Context Note

Alice Hicklin (University of Cambridge)
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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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Citation: Hicklin, Alice. "King Cynegils of Wessex converts to Christianity". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 June 2016 [, accessed 06 December 2023.]

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