Alright, so when we last left Edwin he was installed as King of Northumbria by King Raedwald, Bretwalda. And he had wielded his newly granted power to exact revenge upon King Ceretic of Elmet, probably in response to the British King poisoning Edwin’s Nephew. But for as powerful as Edwin was in the north, Raedwald was the true power in Britain. He was referred to Rex Anglorum by Bede… King of the Angles. And he was certainly that. But unfortunately, the battle at the river Idle is the last entry we have about Raedwald. He just vanishes. So lets hit pause on him for a minute and look south. To Raedwald’s neighbors in Essex.
Do you remember King Saebert’s three sons? They were the Pagan Kings who ruled Essex following Saebert’s death. As you might remember, they controlled both Essex as well as London but it looks like they were rather ambitious. So in 617, only a year after the Battle at the River Idle, the warbands of the East Saxons clashed with the West Saxons… quite possibly over Surrey.
Now let me say this. Surrey is beautiful It really is. However, they might have regretted their choice because in that battle all three fantastically named kings of Essex, King Sexred, King Saeward, and (probably) King Seaxbald were killed in battle. Leaving Saeward’s son, Sigeberht, as the sole King of the East Saxons. And Surrey was still under the control of the West Saxons. And even worse, this defeat brought an end to the charming tradition of Sex names.
And then things were quiet for a bit… until there was a wedding.Click here to be able to read the full rough transcript.