Osburga, Queen Consort of Wessex

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Birthplace: Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England
Death: Died in Wessex, England
Place of Burial: Wessex, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Oslac, Ealdorman of the Isle of Wight; Oslac, of the Isle of Wight and Oslac
Wife of Aethelwulf of Wessex; Æthelwulf, King of Wessex and Aethelwulf, King of Wessex
Mother of Alfred the Great, King of the Anglo-Saxons; Æthelred, King of Wessex; Æthelstan of Wessex, King of Kent; Aethelswith, Queen of Mercia; Aethelbald, King of Wessex and 2 others

Occupation: Queen Consort of Wessex, Queen
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About Osburga, Queen Consort of Wessex

Osburga or Osburh was the first wife of King Æthelwulf of Wessex and mother of Alfred the Great, "a religious woman, noble both by birth and by nature".

Osburga's existence is known only from Asser's Life of King Alfred. She is not named as witness to any charters, nor is her death reported in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. It is presumed, but nowhere recorded, that she was also the mother of Alfred's older brothers Æthelstan of Wessex, Æthelbald of Wessex, Æthelberht of Wessex, Æthelred of Wessex, and of his sister Æthelswith, wife of King Burgred of Mercia. The internal chronology of Asser's life suggests that Osburga was alive after the second marriage of Æthelwulf, to the Carolingian princess Judith, in 856.

Osburga is described as the daughter of Oslac, pincerna (Chamberlain) of Æthelwulf's royal household. Oslac is described as a descendant of the fictitious Jutish kings Stuf and Wihtgar, and is also ascribed Gothic ancestry. Asser may not however have been familiar with Bede,who writes that the Jutish inhabitants of the Isle of Wight- descendants of Stuf (although Wihtgar was probably fictitious)-were "destroyed", so it is unlikely that Oslac was their descendant. Oslac and Osburga are known to have held Arreton Manor on the Isle of Wight. Oslac is described as "The Chief Butler of England", although it is uncertain what this title implies. Asser clearly identifies "Gothic" as synonymous with "Jute", although this is also uncertain. Ironically Alfred's Jutish blood and descent from the Isle of Wight kings more likely came from his father's side, via the sister of King Arwald, wife of Egbert I of Kent

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osburga -------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osburh

-------------------- B: Abt 810

 of, Wessex, , England 

M: Abt 837 Family: [Group Sheet] 1 Ethelwulf King of Wessex

 • Athelstan Prince of Wessex  
 • Ethelbald King of Wessex  
 • Ethelbert King of Wessex  
 • Ethelred I King of Wessex  
 • Ethelswith Queen of Mercia  
 • Alfred King of England, [The Great] 


OSBURGA2 (Oslac of the of the ISLE OF WIGHT1), daughter of (1) Oslac of the1 ISLE OF WIGHT, was born between 794 and 835, and died between 849 and 945. She married (ANZ-15) KING AETHELWULF OF WESSEX of Wessex, England, United Kingdom, son of (ANZ-14) King Egbert and Raedburga, who was born circa 795/800[2], and died on 13 Jan. 858[2]. [3]

Dau. of Oslac, the royal cup-bearer. [2] Children: See (ANZ-15) King Aethelwulf of WESSEX

1. W. H. Turton, "Plantagenet Ancestry" (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1928), 21. 2. Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr., "Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700", 8th ed. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004). 3. Ibid., (1-13+). -------------------- --------------------


Because a well-known story about the childhood of King Alfred has his mother Osburga offering a book of poems to whichever of her children memorized a poem first, some historians think she may have been able to read, a very rare accomplishment for a woman of her day.


http://www.royalist.info/execute/biog?person=1465 -------------------- BOOKS Barber Grandparents: 125 Kings, 143 Generations, Ted Butler Bernard and Gertrude Barber Bernard, 1978, McKinney TX, p75: "279S Aethelwulf, King of England, (S of 269, F of 287); fought against Danish invaders; married Osburgh."

Kings and Queens of Great Britain, Genealogical Chart, Anne Taute and Romilly Squire, Taute, 1990: "Aethewulf, Son of Ecgbert King of West Saxons, King of Wessex 839- Deposed 856, Died 858, Mar =1 Osburga Daughter of Oslac the Chief Butler, =2 Judith Daughter of Charles II The Bald King of France =ii Aethelbald."

The Formation of England 550-1042, HPR Finberg, 1974, Paladin, p123: "...Ethelwulf reached Rome by June 855, and stayed there for twelve months. He was now a widower..."

ANCESTRAL FILE Ancestral File 8HS0-24 Osburga Queen of WESSEX Born Abt 803, Ancestral File Ver 4.10 FLGQ-GK Osburgh Queen of WESSEX Born Abt 810 Wessex England.

MARRIAGE: Marriage Information: Osburgh married King Ethelwulf WESSEX, son of King Egbert WEST SAXONY and Queen Redburch Wessex WEST SAXONY, in 857. (King Ethelwulf WESSEX was born about 801-806 in , Wessex, England, died on 13 Jan 857-858 in , , England and was buried in Stamridge). -------------------- Queen Osburga, a religious woman, noble both by birth and by nature; she was daughter of Oslac, the famous butler of King Ethtelwulf, which Oslac was a Goth by nation, descended from the Goths and Jutes, of the seed, namely, of Stuf and Whitgar, two brothers and counts; who, having received possession of the Isle of Wight from their uncle, King Cerdic, and his son Cynric their cousin, slew the few British inhabitants whom they could find in that island, at a place called Gwihtgaraburgh.

Leo: Burke's Guide to the Royal Family, London, 1973 , Reference: 189. -------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osburh

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Osburga, Queen Consort of Wessex's Timeline

April 810
Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England

Birth aproximtely 810

Age 19
Wessex, UK
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Wessex, UK
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Wessex, UK
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Wessex, UK
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Wessex Kingdom, England
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Wessex, , , England
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Modern Wantage, Berkshire, England
Age 45
Wessex, England