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  • ID: I09590
  • Name: *Ethelwulf of Wessex
  • Sex: M
  • Name: *Aethelwulf
  • Name: Ethelwulf
  • Birth: ABT 795 in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany 1
  • Birth: ABT 800 in Wessex, England 2
  • Death: 13 JAN 858 in England 2
  • Death: 13 JAN 854
  • Death: 13 JAN 857 in England
  • Burial: buried first at Steyning, later transferred to Winchester 2
  • Burial: Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, England
  • ORDN: 4 FEB 839 Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England.
  • Occupation: BET 839 AND 858 King of the West Saxons 1
  • Occupation: BET 825 AND 839 Under-King of Kent
  • Occupation: BET 839 AND 856 King of Kent 1
  • Occupation: BET 839 AND 856 King of Wessex 1
  • Note:
    Ethelwulf was the elder son of King Egbert of Wessex. He was born some ti me around 800AD, and succeeded his father as King of Wessex in 839. He fou ght the invading Danes, whose raids increased considerably. A major victo ry for Ethelwulf was archived at "Acleah", probably Ockley. Ethelwulf al so defeated Cyngen ap Cadell of Wales together with Mercia. In 855, aft er his wife's death, he went in a pilgrimage to Rome with a younger son, A lfred. In the return journey in 856, he was deposed by his eldest son, Eth elbald. He died January 13, 858 and was buried first at Steyning and th en later transferred to Winchester. (Wikipedia)

    Ęthelwulf was the son of Egbert and a sub-king of Kent. He assumed the thr one of Wessex upon his father's death in 839. His reign is characteriz ed by the usual Viking invasions and repulsions common to all English rule rs of the time, but the making of war was not his chief claim to fame. Ęth elwulf is remembered, however dimly, as a highly religious man who cared a bout the establishment and preservation of the church. He was also a wealt hy man and controlled vast resources. Out of these resources, he gave gene rously, to Rome and to religious houses that were in need.

    He was an only child, but had fathered five sons, by his first wife, Osbur ga. He recognized that there could be difficulties with contention over t he succession. He devised a scheme which would guarantee (insofar as it w as possible to do so) that each child would have his turn on the throne wi thout having to worry about rival claims from his siblings. Ęthelwulf prov ided that the oldest living child would succeed to the throne and would co ntrol all the resources of the crown, without having them divided among t he others, so that he would have adequate resources to rule. That he was a ble to provide for the continuation of his dynasty is a matter of recor d, but he was not able to guarantee familial harmony with his plan. Th is is proved by what we know of the foul plottings of his son, Ęthelbal d, while Ęthelwulf was on pilgrimage to Rome in 855.

    Ęthelwulf was a wise and capable ruler, whose vision made possible the ben eficial reign of his youngest son, Alfred the Great.

    AEthelwulf or Ethelwulf. Married Osburga, a daughter of Oslac, an Engli sh nobleman and direct descendent of Cerdic.
    Married second, in old age, after the death of Osburga, to a young wife, J udith, a daughter of Charles the Bald, Emperor and King of France and a gr eat grand daughter of Emperor Charlemagne. No children by this marriage. S he subsequently married Baldwin V, the first Count of Flanders. He reign ed 858-879. She was ancestress of Matilda, the wife of William the Conquer or.
    (Tracy Winslow Families, page 5)

    Ęthelwulf, also spelled Aethelwulf or Ethelwulf; Old English: Ęželwulf, me ans 'Noble Wolf' (c. 795 ? 858) was the elder son of King Egbert of Wesse x. He conquered Kent on behalf of his father in 825. Thereafter he was sty led King of Kent until he succeeded his father as King of Wessex in 83 9, whereupon he became King of Wessex, Kent, Cornwall, the West Saxons a nd the East Saxons. He was crowned at Kingston upon Thames.

    In 839, Ęthelwulf succeeded his father Egbert as King. Egbert had been a g rizzeled veteran who had fought for survival since his youth. Ęthelwulf h ad a worrying style of Kingship. He had come naturally to the throne of We ssex. He proved to be intensly religious, cursed with little political sen se, and too many able and ambitious sons. One of the first acts Ęthelwu lf did as King, was to split the kingdom. He gave the eastern half, th at of Kent, Essex, Surrey and Sussex to his eldest son Athelstan (n ot to be confused with the later Athelstan the Glorious). Ęthelwulf kept t he ancient, western side of Wessex (Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Devo n) for himself. Ęthelwulf and his first wife, Osburga, had five sons a nd a daughter. After Athelstan came, Ethelbald, Ethelbert, Ethelred, and A lfred. Each of his sons succeeded to the throne. Alfred, the youngest so n, has been praised as one of the greatest kings to ever reign in Britai n. Ęthelwulf's only daughter, Aethelswith, was married as a child to the k ing of Mercia.

    He was buried first at Steyning and then later transferred to the Old Mins ter in Winchester. His bones now reside in one of several mortuary ches ts in Winchester Cathedral.

    Father: *Egbert of Wessex b: ABT 770 in Wessex, England
    Mother: *Redburh of Essex b: in Wessex, England

    Marriage 1 *Osburh of Wessex b: ABT 810 in Wessex, England
    • Married: ABT 830
    1. Has No Children Aethelswyth of Wessex
    2. Has No Children Ethelbald of Wessex b: ABT 831
    3. Has No Children Ethelbert of Wessex b: 835 in Wessex, England
    4. Has Children *Ethelred I of Wessex b: ABT 837 in Wessex, England
    5. Has No Children Athelstan of Wessex b: ABT 838 in Wessex, England
    6. Has Children *Alfred "The Great" of England b: BET 847 AND 849 in Wantage, Berkshire, England

    Marriage 2 *Judith of France b: OCT 844 in France
    • Married: 1 OCT 856 in Verberie sur Oise, France

    1. Title: 1Wikipedia
    2. Title: Wikipedia
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