Biography of Sigeheard King of Essex -709

Sigeheard King of Essex was born to Sæbbi King of Essex.

In 664 died. Sighere King of Essex succeeded King Essex. [his father] Sæbbi King of Essex (age 38) succeeded King Essex. They ruled jointly.

Bede. 695. A stone coffin having been provided for burying [his father] his body (age 69), when they came to lay it in the same, they found his body a span longer than the coffin. Hereupon they hewed away the stone, and made the coffin about two fingers longer; but neither would it then contain the body. Under this difficulty of entombing him, they had thoughts either to get another coffin, or else to shorten the body, by bending it at the knees, if they could. But a wonderful event, caused by Providence, prevented the execution of either of those designs; for on a sudden, in the presence of the bishop, and Sighard, the son of the king who had turned monk, and who reigned after him jointly with his brother [his brother] Suefred, and of a considerable number of men, that same coffin was found to answer the length of the body, insomuch that a pillow might also be put in at the head; and at the feet the coffin was four fingers longer than the body. He was buried in the church of the blessed Apostle of the Gentiles [Map], by whose instructions he had learned to hope for heavenly things.

In 695 [his father] Sæbbi King of Essex (age 69) died. His son Sigeheard King of Essex succeeded King Essex. His son [his brother] Swæfred King of Essex -709 succeeded King Essex. They ruled jointly.

In 709 Sigeheard King of Essex died. His half second cousin once removed Offa King of Essex succeeded King Essex.

[his son] Sebbi of Essex was born to Sigeheard King of Essex.

Family Trees of Sigeheard King of Essex -709

Paternal Family Tree: Essex

Royal Descendants of Sigeheard King of Essex -709

Swithred King of Essex -758 x 1

Ancestors of Sigeheard King of Essex -709

Great x 1 Grandfather: King Sæberht of Essex

GrandFather: Sexred King of Essex -626

Father: Sæbbi King of Essex

Sigeheard King of Essex -709