Oisc of Kent

Oisc of Kent

Oisc (alternately Oeric, Aesc or Esc) was an early king of Kent who ruled from about 488 to about 516.

Little is known about him, and the information that does survive regarding his life is often vague and suspect. He seems to have been the son or the grandson of Hengest, who led the initial Anglo-Saxon conquest and settlement of Kent. According to Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Oisc's given name was Orric. Bede indicates that he was the son of Hengest, and came to Britain with him, with the permission of the British king Vortigern. He was the father of Octa, who succeeded him. His descendants called themselves "Oiscingas" after him.[1]

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Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of Kent
Succeeded by