King Cynegils of Wessex converts to Christianity (49 words)

Historical Context Note

  • Alice Hicklin (University of Cambridge)


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.

Hicklin, Alice. "King Cynegils of Wessex converts to Christianity". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 June 2016
[, accessed 25 October 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Reigns and Monarchy in the British Isles