- The modern county of Essex was a
kingdom in the Dark Ages. It included London and Middlesex.
- The name Essex means 'Land of the
East Saxons'. It was settled by Saxons from North-West Germany
coming up the River Thames.
- The first king was a man named
Aescwin. He lived in the mid-6th century. He claimed that the
Saxon god, Saxnot, was his ancestor.
- The kings probably lived at
Cripplegate in London. Their Royal monastery was at St. Paul's
- The kings often shared their
kingdom between brothers.
- The most famous King of Essex was
- He became a Christian.
- He helped St. Mellitus set up
St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
- He died in AD 617 and it is
said he was buried in Westminster Abbey. However, he was
probably buried in the Royal
grave excavated at Prittlewell.