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AEthelbald, King of England

AEthelbald, King of England[1]

Male Abt 834 - 860  (~ 26 years)

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  • Name AEthelbald  
    Suffix King of England 
    Born Abt 834 
    Gender Male 
    Name Æthelbald 
    Died 20 Dec 860 
    Buried 25 Dec 860  Sherborne Abbey, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 13 JAN 858, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

      «i»King of Wessex«/i»

      King «b»Æthelbald of Wessex«/b» or «b»«i»Æþelbald«/b»«/i» (Means roughly 'Noble Bold') was the second son of King «u»Ethelwulf of Wessex <>«/u» and was born in about «u»831 «/u» or «u»834 «/u». He became King of «u»Wessex <>«/u» in «u»856 «/u» after forcing his father to abdicate. (His elder brother «u»Æthelstan <>«/u» had already died.) He was crowned at «u»Kingston upon Thames <>«/u» and married his widowed stepmother, «u»Judith <>«/u». The marriage was annulled on the grounds of «u»consanguinity«/u». He died in «u»860 «/u» and was buried at Sherborne in «u»Dorset <>«/u».

      King of Wessex was born circa 834.«sup»2«/sup» He was the son of «u»Æðelwulf, King of Wessex «/u» and «u»Osburga (?) «/u».«sup»1«/sup» He married «u»Judith, Princesse de France«/u», daughter of «u»Charles I, Roi de France «/u» and «u»Ermentrude d'Orléans «/u», in 858.«sup»3«/sup» He died on 20 December 860.«sup»2«/sup» He was buried on 25 December 860 at «u»Sherborne Abbey, Dorset, England «/u».«sup»2«/sup»
      Æthelbald, King of Wessex gained the title of «i»King Æthelbad of Wessex«/i» between 855 and 856.«sup»2«/sup» He was crowned King of Wessex in 858 at «u»Kingston-upon-Thames, London, England «/u».«sup»2«/sup» His marriage to Judith, Princesse de France was annulled in 860 on the grounds of consanguinity.«sup»4«/sup»
      On Ethelwulf's death in 858, his son Ethelbald was already ruling Wessex. The remaining South East kingdoms passed to Ethelwulf's second son Ethelbert. Ethelbald married his father's widow. On Ethelbald's death in 860, the Wessex kingdom was re-united with Kent and the adjoining kingdoms under Ethelbert. Both Ethelbald and Ethelbert were buried at Sherborne.

      1. 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».

      2. Alison Weir, «i»Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy«/i» (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 6. Hereinafter cited as «i»Britain's Royal Family«/i».

      3. 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».

      4. Alison Weir, «i»Britain's Royal Family«/i», page 5.
    Person ID I4795  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2009 

    Father AEthelwulf, King of England,   b. 795, Aachen, Kaln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 858, Stamridge, Wessex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Osburga,   d. 846 
    Married Abt 830 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Marriage Fact 853 
    Family ID F1419  Group Sheet

    Family Judith, Princess of Aquitaine,   b. Abt 844,   d. 870  (Age ~ 26 years) 
    Married 860 
    Type: Annulled 
    _STAT Annulled 
    Last Modified 30 Nov 2006 
    Family ID F1428  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).