Who was the first king of England and why?

How did the first king of England become king?

Anglo-Saxon England

The Viking invasions of the 9th century upset the balance of power between the English kingdoms, and native Anglo-Saxon life in general. … In 827, Northumbria submitted to Egbert of Wessex at Dore, briefly making Egbert the first king to reign over a united England.

What was England called before it was called England?

England used to be known as Engla land, meaning the land of the Angles, people from continental Germany, who began to invade Britain in the late 5th century, along with the Saxons and Jute.

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