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.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.