King in Wessex
Cynegils was the grandson of
 He was the son of
Ceol of Wessex
 and probably the nephew of
 He ruled jointly with his son
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for the year 614 says Cynegils and Cwichelm fought together at a place named Beandun. The account said they slew two thousand sixty-five
 This was a major
victory for the
 Cynegils had some
setbacks however during the middle of his reign. His son Cwichelm sent someone to try to kill King Edwin of Northumbria.
 When Edwin attacked Wessex in
retaliation five Kings of Wessex were killed.
 The Northumbrian attack weakened the West Saxon army. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for 628 says that Cyngils, king of Wessex, and Cwichelm his son 'fought with
Cirencester and came to an agreement with him there'.
 The 'agreement' seems to have been to give Cirencester to Penda.
 So this was a defeat for Cynegils and his son Cwichelm and a
permanent loss of Cirencester.
Pope Honorius I sent Bishop Birinus to England.
 When he reached the territory of the Gewisse (Wessex) he found them almost completely pagan. He began to convert the West Saxons to
Christianity. In 635 Cynegils was
baptized by Birinus and King
Oswald of Northumbria stood as his
 This may have been a condition of the marriage between Oswald and Cynegils's daughter, Cyneburh.
 He gave Bishop Birinus the city of Dorchester and several churches so he could convert the pagans in Wessex.
 The conversion took some time to complete and several kings who followed were either pagan or converted to Christianity later in their reigns.
Cwichelm, his son, ruling as either co-king or
underking, died in 636.
 From that time on Cynegils seems to have ruled Wessex by himself until his death in 643. He was succeeded by his son
 Cynegils's reign marked the turning point for Wessex from bands of
warriors to the beginnings of a united kingdom.