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Wuffa (also Uuffa ; † 578 ) was a king of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia in the 6th century.


Little is known about the early days of the Empire of East Anglia. Wehha is considered to be the founder of the kingship there. Wuffa is said to have succeeded his father Wehha 571 on the throne. He died in 578. It is believed that his body was cremated and buried under Mound 5 in Sutton Hoo . The later kings of East Anglia named their dynasty after this ancestor as Wuffinger . He was succeeded by his son Tyttla .

It is questionable whether Wuffa is a historical person or just a mythical dynasty founder. But the fact that it was named after the dynasty speaks for its great importance. No information has been passed on about his rule. The dates of his reign also cannot be determined with certainty. While an approach of approx. 571 to approx. 578 is usually assumed, on the other hand, classifications from 548 to 551 are also used.


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Individual evidence

  1. a b Beda: HE 2,15
  2. ^ A b Roger von Wendover : Flores Historiarum
  3. ^ MOH Carver: The age of Sutton Hoo: the seventh century in north-western Europe , Boydell, 1992, ISBN 978-0-85115-361-2 , p. 366.
  4. Sam Newton: The Origins of Beowulf: And the Pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia , Boydell & Brewer, 2004, ISBN 978-0-85991-472-7 , p. 105.
  5. Georg Scheibelreiter: Animal names and coat of arms. In: Publications of the Institute for Austrian Historical Research. Volume 24. Böhlau, Vienna, Cologne, Graz 1976, ISBN 3-205-08509-4 , p. 105.
  6. ^ Peter M. Warner: The origins of Suffolk , Manchester University Press, 1996, ISBN 978-0-7190-3817-4 , p. 70.
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Wehha King of East Anglia