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Dumville's dates are used in the historical outline below, with reference to the original sources to highlight some of the conflicts.
The Chronicle gives 495 as the date for Cerdic's arrival in Britain, but this date has been revised to about 538.
Aescwine's reign only lasted two years, and in 676 the throne passed back to the immediate family of Cenwealh with the accession of his brother , who also claimed to be a descendant of Cerdic through Ceawlin, but again through a long-separated line of descent.
Ine was the most durable of the West Saxon kings, reigning for 38 years.
These sources, however, conflict in various ways, and cannot be fully reconciled.
The Chronicle gives small genealogies in multiple places, under the annals for different years.
He spent his exile in , who was apparently descended from another brother of Ceawlin.
This was one of several occasions on which the kingship of Wessex is said to have passed to a remote branch of the royal family with an unbroken male line of descent from Cerdic; these claims may be genuine, or may reflect the spurious assertion of descent from Cerdic to legitimise a new dynasty.
The later genealogies were written with the intent of connecting all lineages to Cerdic, and this has introduced additional inconsistencies which cannot all be resolved.
Cerdic appears to have reigned for about 16 years, and the throne passed to Cynric in about 554.
Ceawlin's reign is thought to be more reliably documented than those of the earlier kings, though the Chronicle's dates of 560 to 592 are substantially different from the revised chronology.