Ine (Īˈnə) [key], king of Wessex (688–726). In 694 he forced the people of Kent to pay compensation for the murder of a kinsman, and he extended his sway over Sussex and Surrey and probably over Devon. He also forwarded the diocesan reorganization of the church, founding (705) a bishopric at Sherborne. His code of laws, the earliest West Saxon code, was appended to the later codification of Alfred. Ine abdicated and went to Rome, where he died.
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