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Putting two and two together, it is popularly suggested that the Alfred jewel is the terminal from such an There are many problems with the story told by the ‘Anglo-Saxon Chronicle’.It implies that the Isle of Wight (Wihte ealond) and its stronghold, Wihtgarabyrg, are named from Wihtgar.and by merciless slaughter endeavoured to destroy all the inhabitants thereof, and to place in their stead people from his own province”.Up to that time the island had had its own ruling dynasty, which Cædwalla ruthlessly crushed.There is little doubt that the Alfred in question is King Alfred the Great (r.871–899).King Alfred personally translated a number of books from Latin into English.They eventually conquered Northumbria, East Anglia and Mercia.
Bede also says (‘HE’ III, 7) that the West Saxons were originally called the Gewisse, and he tells (‘HE’ IV, 16) how: “After Cædwalla had obtained possession of the kingdom of the Gewisse [in 685/6], he took also the Isle of Wight ...In fact, there is nothing in the unadulterated annal to positively associate the events recorded with Ceawlin at all.The controversial aspect of annal 571 is the implication that there was still territory controlled by the British in that area at that time. Myres writes: “this annal seems to describe quite clearly a movement from south-westwards through the vale of Aylesbury to the upper Thames.Manuscript F of the ‘Chronicle’ says that Cutha (which is possibly a nickname for anyone whose name begins ‘Cuth’) was “Ceawlin's brother”. 597 (Manuscripts A, B and C), a Cutha is featured as the son of Cynric, and Ceawlin is identified as the son of Cynric in the West Saxon Genealogical Regnal List, so Ceawlin evidently did have a brother known as Cutha. 685 (Manuscripts A, B and C), a son of Ceawlin is also called Cutha.Although the traditional identification of Wibbandune with Wimbledon is no longer considered to be acceptable, it is likely that it was in that vicinity, and that Ceawlin's dispute with Æthelberht, king of Kent, was over the control of though the ‘Chronicle’ apparently places the end of his reign in 591.