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AEthelwulf, King of England

AEthelwulf, King of England

Male 795 - 858  (63 years)

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  • Name AEthelwulf   [1
    Suffix King of England 
    Born 795  Aachen, Kaln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Acceded 4 Feb 839  Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England, Great Britain Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 13 Jan 858  Stamridge, Wessex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Steyning Church, then the Old Minster, Winchester. Hampshire, England, Bones now in Winchester Cathedral Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Acceded: 4 FEB 839, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

      Reigned 839-856 (abdicated). Under-king of Kent 825-839 and 856-858.
      Renown for his military prowess, he reputedly defeated 350 viking ships (8 51).
      He reduced taxation, endowed the Church, made lay lands inheritable, and
      provided systems of poor relief.

      http://www.hull.ac.uk/php/cssbct/cgi-bin/gedlkup.php/n=royal?royal01966

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethelwulf_of_Wessex

      «u»Old English <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_English_language>«/u»: «b»«i»Æþelwulf«/b»«/i», means 'Noble Wolf'

      «i»King of Wessex

      http://www.thepeerage.com/p10261.htm#i102608

      «/i»Æðelwulf, King of Wessex was born between 795 and 810.«sup»3«/sup» He was the son of «u»Ecgbeorht, King of Wessex http://www.thepeerage.com/p10261.htm#i102608«/u» and «u»Redburga (?) «/u».«sup»2«/sup» He married, firstly, «u»Osburga (?)«/u», daughter of «u»Oslac of Hampshire «/u», circa 830.«sup»3«/sup» He married, secondly, «u»Judith, Princesse de France «/u», daughter of «u»Charles I, Roi de France «/u» and «u»Ermentrude d'Orléans «/u», on 1 October 856 at «u»Verberie sur Oise, France «/u».«sup»3«/sup» He died after 13 January 858.«sup»4«/sup» He was buried at «u»Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire, England «/u».«sup»4«/sup» He was buried at «u»Steyning, Sussex, England «/u».«sup»5«/sup»
      Æðelwulf, King of Wessex gained the title of «i»Subregulus of Kent, Essex, Sussex and Surrey«/i» between 825 and 828.«sup»3«/sup» He succeeded to the title of «i»King Æðelwulf of Wessex«/i» on 4 February 839.«sup»6«/sup» He was crowned King of Wessex in 839 at «u»Kingston-upon-Thames, London, England «/u».«sup»3«/sup» He abdicated as King of Wessex between 855 and 856.«sup»3«/sup»
      Ethelwulf was the son of King Egbert and had previously ruled Kent and adjoining minor kingdoms. He continued wars against the Danes and had a victory at the mouth of the Parret in Somerset in 845 and again in 851 when he beat a force of 350 ships' companies who attacked Canterbury. Ethelwulf helped the Mercians against the Welsh and then married the Mercian king's daughter. He was a religious man and in 855 undertook a pilgrimage to Rome, leaving the country in charge of Ethelbald his eldest son. On his return, to avoid civil war, he allowed Ethelbald to retain Wessex while he ruled Kent and other parts of south eastern England.


      1. Unknown article title, «i»Journal of the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy«/i», Chobham, Surrey, U.K., volume 1, issue 6, page 409. Hereinafter cited as Foundation for Medieval Genealogy.

      2. G. S. P. Freeman-Grencville, «i»The Queen's Lineage: from A.D. 495 to the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II«/i» (London , U.K.: Rex Collings, 1977), page 4. Hereinafter cited as «i»The Queen's Lineage«/i».

      3. Alison Weir, «i»Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy«/i» (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 5. Hereinafter cited as «i»Britain's Royal Family«/i».

      4. Alison Weir, «i»Britain's Royal Family«/i», page 6.

      5. E. B. Fryde, D. E. Greenway, S. Porter and I. Roy, editors, «i»Handbook of British Chronology, 3rd edition«/i» (London, U.K.: Royal Historical Society, 1986), page 23. Hereinafter cited as «i»Handbook of British Chronology«/i».

      6. Alison Weir, «i»Britain's Royal Family«/i», page 4.
    Person ID I4792  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2015 

    Father Ecgbert III of Wessex, King of Wessex,   b. Abt 775, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 839  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother Redburga, Queen Consort of Wessex, Frankisk prinsesse,   b. 774,   d. 13 Jan 857, Wessex , England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Family ID F1427  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Osburga,   d. 846 
    Married Abt 830 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Marriage Fact 853 
    Children 
     1. Athelstan, King of Kent,   d. 854
     2. AEthelbald, King of England,   b. Abt 834,   d. 20 Dec 860  (Age ~ 26 years)
     3. AEthelbert, King of England,   b. Abt 836,   d. 866  (Age ~ 30 years)
     4. AEthelred I, King of England,   b. Abt 840,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. AEthelswyth, Nun,   d. 889, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Judith,   d. Abt 910
     7. Alfred the Great, King of West Saxons,   b. 849, Wantage, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 899, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F1419  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Judith, Princess of Aquitaine,   b. Abt 844,   d. 870  (Age ~ 26 years) 
    Married 1 Oct 856  Verberie sur Oise, France to Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2006 
    Family ID F2482  Group Sheet

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  • Sources 
    1. [S36] Directory of Royal Genealogical Data, Brian Tompsett, Dept of Computer Science, University of Hull, England([email protected]), (This work is Copyright b 1994-2002 Brian C Tompsett).