- Seaxburh of Wessex
Seaxburh was a wife of King
Cenwalh of Wessexand according to tradition, ruled Wessexas Queen for a year following Cenwalh's death. She should not be confused with her near-contemporary, Saint Seaxburh of Ely, daughter of King Anna of East Anglia.
Seaxburh was not Cenwalh's first wife. He had previously been married to a sister of King
Penda of Mercia. The date at which they married is unknown, and no children of their marriage are recorded, although it may be that Seaxburh ruled as regent for an unknown son, a practice well-attested in the Frankish Empirewhere Queens such as Brunhilde and Fredegundwielded power on behalf of sons and grandsons.
By 675, it appears that she had been replaced, as a certain Æscwine led the West Saxons successfully against
Wulfhere of Merciain that year.
House of Wessex family tree
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