Sebbe 1 (Male) King of the East Saxons, c.664-c.694
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Notes: Sebbe 1 ruled the jointly with Sigehere 2 and, according to Bede 1 was subject to King Wulfhere 1 of Mercia. After a rule of 30 years he abdicated and became a monk at St Paul's, London where he was buried. Until 1666 his tomb lay in the north choir next to that of King Æthelred 32 the Unready. Click here to see a floorplan of Old St Paul?s (no. 43 in key).

Factoid List

Recorded Name (9)
Ecce (1)
 S10   
Sebba (1)
 S452   
Sebbe (1)
 S10   
Sebbi (6)
 Bede.HE  iii.30
 Bede.HE  iv.6
 Bede.HE  iv.11
 S1171   
 S1246   
 S233   
Personal Information (4)
piety (1)
 Bede.HE  iv.11 (very devout man. He was given to religious exercises, constant prayers, and the holy joy of almsgiving.)
provenance (1)
 S1171    (of the province of the East Saxons)
religion (1)
 Bede.HE  iii.30 (He held devotedly to the Christian faith... )
stated health (1)
 Bede.HE  iv.11 (He was afflicted by a very serious bodily infirmity)
Office (7)
Bishop (1)
 S233   
King (6)
 Bede.HE  iii.30
 Bede.HE  iv.6
 Bede.HE  iv.11
 S10   
 S1171    (king of the East Saxons)
 S1246    (king of the East Saxons)
Occupation (1)
Monk (1)
 Bede.HE  iv.11
Personal Relationship (5)
Sebbe 1 Father (Consanguineal kinship) of ~ (1)
 of Swæfheard 1: S10   
~ Lord (General relationship) of Sebbe 1 (1)
 Wulfhere 1: of Sebbe 1: WilliamofMalmesbury.GestaPontificumAnglorum  ii.73.9
~ Relative (Generic kinship) of Sebbe 1 (1)
 Æthelred 4: of Sebbe 1: S1171   
~ Son (Consanguineal kinship) of Sebbe 1 (1)
 Sigeheard 1: of Sebbe 1: Bede.HE  iv.11
~ Wife (Affinal kinship) of Sebbe 1 (1)
 Anonymous 252: of Sebbe 1: Bede.HE  iv.11
Event (15)
Alms-giving (1)
 Sebbe 1.granting money to Wealdhere 2: no small sum of money to be distributed to the poor: Bede.HE  iv.11
Burial (1)
 Sebbe 1.burial: Sebbe 1 was buried in the church of St Paul.: Bede.HE  iv.11
Charter-witnessing (4)
 S10 - Swæfheard 1 granting land to Æbbe 3: Swæfheard 1, king of Kent, to Æbbe 3, abbess (of Minster-in-Thanet); grant of 44 hides (manentes) in Sudaneie in Thanet, and 12 hides in Sturry, Kent: S10    (689)
 S1171 - Æthelred 4 granting land to Æthelburg 3: Hodilredus (Æthelred 4) to Hedilburg (Æthelburg 3), abbess, for her minster called Beddanhaam (Barking); grant of 40 hides (manentes) at Ricingahaam, Budinhaam, Dagenham, Angenlabeshaam and Widmundes felt (Wyfields in Great Ilford), all probably in Essex: S1171    (685 x 693)
 S1246 - Eorcenwald 1 granting land to Barking 1: Eorcenwald 1, bishop of the East Saxons, to the nunnery of Barking 1; grant of privileges and grant and confirmation of many lands: S1246    (687 x 688)
 S233 - Swæfheard 1 granting land to Ecgbald 1: Swæfheard 1, king of Kent, to Ecgbald 1, abbot; grant of adjoining 20 hides at Hoo and woodland at Fercanhamstede: S233    (687)
Confirmation of land/privileges (1)
 S1246 - Eorcenwald 1 granting land to Barking 1: Eorcenwald 1, bishop of the East Saxons, to the nunnery of Barking 1; grant of privileges and grant and confirmation of many lands: S1246    (687 x 688)
Death/dying (3)
 Sebbe 1.death: Sebbe 1 died at three in the afternoon when he breathed his last without feeling any pain.: Bede.HE  iv.11
 Sebbe 1.request concerning his death: As Sebbe 1's sickness was increasing, he was worried that in the hour of death, he might act in a way unworthy of his character. Therefore he asked Wealdhere 2 that at his bed-death there should be nobody except the bishop and two of his servants.: Bede.HE  iv.11
 Sebbe 1.vision of his death: While sleeping Sebbe 1 saw three men in shining robes. One of them told him that his soul would leave his body without any pain and in a great splendour of light. He also declared that the king would die in three days' time.: Bede.HE  iv.11
Dreaming/seeing vision/revelation (1)
 Sebbe 1.vision of his death: While sleeping Sebbe 1 saw three men in shining robes. One of them told him that his soul would leave his body without any pain and in a great splendour of light. He also declared that the king would die in three days' time.: Bede.HE  iv.11
Grant and Gift (5)
 S10 - Swæfheard 1 granting land to Æbbe 3: Swæfheard 1, king of Kent, to Æbbe 3, abbess (of Minster-in-Thanet); grant of 44 hides (manentes) in Sudaneie in Thanet, and 12 hides in Sturry, Kent: S10    (689)
 S1171 - Æthelred 4 granting land to Æthelburg 3: Hodilredus (Æthelred 4) to Hedilburg (Æthelburg 3), abbess, for her minster called Beddanhaam (Barking); grant of 40 hides (manentes) at Ricingahaam, Budinhaam, Dagenham, Angenlabeshaam and Widmundes felt (Wyfields in Great Ilford), all probably in Essex: S1171    (685 x 693)
 S1246 - Eorcenwald 1 granting land to Barking 1: Eorcenwald 1, bishop of the East Saxons, to the nunnery of Barking 1; grant of privileges and grant and confirmation of many lands: S1246    (687 x 688)
 S233 - Swæfheard 1 granting land to Ecgbald 1: Swæfheard 1, king of Kent, to Ecgbald 1, abbot; grant of adjoining 20 hides at Hoo and woodland at Fercanhamstede: S233    (687)
 Sebbe 1.granting money to Wealdhere 2: no small sum of money to be distributed to the poor: Bede.HE  iv.11
Illness/demonic seizure/madness (1)
 Sebbe 1.request concerning his death: As Sebbe 1's sickness was increasing, he was worried that in the hour of death, he might act in a way unworthy of his character. Therefore he asked Wealdhere 2 that at his bed-death there should be nobody except the bishop and two of his servants.: Bede.HE  iv.11
Marital desertion/separation/repudiation (1)
 Sebbe 1.religious habit: After urging his wife (Anonymous 252) that they should devote themselves to the service of God, Sebbe 1 went to Wealdhere 2 and received the religious habit he had long desired.: Bede.HE  iv.11
Miracle (1)
 Sebbe 1.post-mortem miracle of coffin: The coffin in which they wanted to put Sebbe 1's body was initially too short. Afterwards, however, it appeared to be of the right length to fit the body.: Bede.HE  iv.11
Monastic life, converting to/joining/oblation (1)
 Sebbe 1.religious habit: After urging his wife (Anonymous 252) that they should devote themselves to the service of God, Sebbe 1 went to Wealdhere 2 and received the religious habit he had long desired.: Bede.HE  iv.11
Prophecy (1)
 Sebbe 1.vision of his death: While sleeping Sebbe 1 saw three men in shining robes. One of them told him that his soul would leave his body without any pain and in a great splendour of light. He also declared that the king would die in three days' time.: Bede.HE  iv.11
Request (1)
 Sebbe 1.request concerning his death: As Sebbe 1's sickness was increasing, he was worried that in the hour of death, he might act in a way unworthy of his character. Therefore he asked Wealdhere 2 that at his bed-death there should be nobody except the bishop and two of his servants.: Bede.HE  iv.11
Tomb-making/opening (1)
 Sebbe 1.post-mortem miracle of coffin: The coffin in which they wanted to put Sebbe 1's body was initially too short. Afterwards, however, it appeared to be of the right length to fit the body.: Bede.HE  iv.11