Wessex

From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is developing and not approved.
Main Article
Talk
Related Articles  [?]
Bibliography  [?]
External Links  [?]
Citable Version  [?]
 
This editable Main Article is under development and not meant to be cited; by editing it you can help to improve it towards a future approved, citable version. These unapproved articles are subject to a disclaimer.

Wessex was an Anglo-Saxon kingdom, whose kings eventually conquered the whole of England. Like most Anglo-Saxon realms, it fluctuated in size, but took in much of the south coast of England, from Hampshire to Dorset and into Devon, extending north to the Thames valley. Its most famous king was Alfred the Great.

As a geographical expression, the name was used by Thomas Hardy in his Wessex novels, in which the places of the area were renamed. For instance, Wantage, where Alfred was born, he renamed Alfredston.

The 11th-century title of Earl of Wessex was revived for Prince Edward in 1999.