Ellie Wood Keith Genealogy

King AEthewulf, of England 839-855

King AEthewulf, of England 839-855[1, 2]

Male Abt 890 - 858

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  • Name AEthewulf  
    Prefix King 
    Suffix of England 839-855 
    Died 13 May, 858 
    Born Abt 795-890 
    Gender Male 
    History Æthelwulf (Old English for \"Noble Wolf\";[2] died 13 January 858) was King of Wessex from 839 to 858.[a] In 825, his father, King Egbert, defeated King Beornwulf of Mercia, ending a long Mercian dominance over Anglo-Saxon England south of the Humber. Egbert sent Æthelwulf with an army to Kent, where he expelled the Mercian sub-king and was himself appointed sub-king. After 830, Egbert maintained good relations with Mercia, and this was continued by Æthelwulf when he became king in 839, the first son to succeed his father as West Saxon king since 641.
    The Vikings were not a major threat to Wessex during Æthelwulf\'s reign. In 843, he was defeated in a battle against the Vikings at Carhampton in Somerset, but he achieved a major victory at the Battle of Aclea in 851. In 853 he joined a successful Mercian expedition to Wales to restore the traditional Mercian hegemony, and in the same year his daughter Æthelswith married King Burgred of Mercia. In 855 Æthelwulf went on pilgrimage to Rome. In preparation he gave a \"decimation\", donating a tenth of his personal property to his subjects; he appointed his eldest surviving son Æthelbald to act as King of Wessex in his absence, and his next son Æthelberht to rule Kent and the south-east. Æthelwulf spent a year in Rome, and on his way back he married Judith, the daughter of the West Frankish King Charles the Bald.
    When Æthelwulf returned to England, Æthelbald refused to surrender the West Saxon throne, and Æthelwulf agreed to divide the kingdom, taking the east and leaving the west in Æthelbald\'s hands. On Æthelwulf\'s death in 858 he left Wessex to Æthelbald and Kent to Æthelberht, but Æthelbald\'s death only two years later led to the reunification of the kingdom.
    In the 20th century Æthelwulf\'s reputation among historians was poor: he was seen as excessively pious and impractical, and his pilgrimage was viewed as a desertion of his duties. Historians in the 21st century see him very differently, as a king who consolidated and extended the power of his dynasty, commanded respect on the continent, and dealt more effectively than most of his contemporaries with Viking attacks. He is regarded as one of the most successful West Saxon kings, who laid the foundations for the success of his son, Alfred the Great.  [3
    Person ID I1035  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2018 

    Father Egbert of Wessex, King of England,   b. Abt 775,   d. 4 Feb 839  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Relationship putative 
    Mother Redburga,   d. yes 
    Relationship putative 
    Family ID F602  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Osburga, Queen of England,   b. Abt 810,   d. Bef 856  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Children 
    +1. King Alfred 'The Great', of England 871-899,   b. 849, Wantage, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct, 899  (Age 50 years)  [putative]
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F601  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Osburga, Queen of England,   b. Abt 810,   d. Bef 856  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Aethelhelm Ealdorman, of Wiltshire,   b. Abt 859,   d. 897/923  (Age ~ 64 years)
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F1107  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    King AEthelwulf of England 839-855
    King AEthelwulf of England 839-855

  • Sources 
    1. [S53] If The Legends are True, J. Craig Canada.

    2. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00020042&tree=LEO.

    3. [S12] Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%86thelwulf.