in the East
- Traditionally, Norfolk, Suffolk,
Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire were settled by a Saxon
group called Angles,
from Angeln (South-West Denmark). Their laws show that many of
them may actually have been from Frisia.
- They set up a kingdom called
Anglia. Later it became East Anglia, as more Angles moved
- Their first king was a man named
Wuffa. His name means 'The Wolf'. He lived in the AD 570s. His family were known as the
Wuffingas. They used a picture of a wolf as their family
- The kings lived at Rendlesham.
Their pagan burial ground was at Sutton
Hoo. Later, their Royal monastery was at Blythburgh.
- The kings built huge banks
& ditches to protect their country from invasion.
- The most famous King of East
Anglia was King Redwald.
- He lived in the early 7th
- Redwald was very powerful. He
became the Bretwalda (High-King) of England.
- At first, he was a pagan; but
Redwald went on holiday to Kent and became a Christian.
- Redwald's wife didn't want to
be a Christian. She persuaded him to worship pagan gods as
- Redwald helped King Edwin
take back his kingdom in Northumbria.
- He died around in AD 625.
- He was probably buried in the
great ship burial at Sutton Hoo.