Aethelwulf, king of Wessex

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Æþelwulf

Also Known As: "Ethelwulf", "Aethelwulf", "AEthelwulf", "Æthelwulf"
Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Wessex Kingdom, England
Death: Died in England
Place of Burial: Winchester, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
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Son of Egbert, king of Wessex and Rædburh, queen consort of Wessex
Husband of Osburga, Queen Consort of Wessex and Judith, countess of Flanders
Father of Æthelstan, king of Kent; Aethelswith, Queen of Mercia; Aethelbald, king of Wessex; Aethelbert, King of Wessex, Essex & Kent; Ethelred I 'the Pious', King of Wessex & Kent and 1 other

Occupation: King of Wessex
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About Aethelwulf, king of Wessex

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.

Æthelwulf was the son of Egbert, King of Wessex from 802 to 839. His mother's name is unknown, and he had no recorded siblings. He is known to have had two wives in succession, and so far as is known, Osburh, the senior of the two, was the mother of all his children. She was the daughter of Oslac, described by Asser, biographer of their son Alfred the Great, as "King Æthelwulf's famous butler",[b] a man who was descended from Jutes who had ruled the Isle of Wight.[13][14] Æthelwulf had six known children. His eldest son, Æthelstan, was old enough to be appointed King of Kent in 839, so he must have been born by the early 820s, and he died in the early 850s.[c] The second son, Æthelbald, is first recorded as a charter witness in 841, and if, like Alfred, he began to attest when he was around six, he would have been born around 835; he was King of Wessex from 858 to 860. Æthelwulf's third son, Æthelberht, was probably born around 839 and was king from 860 to 865. The only daughter, Æthelswith, married Burgred, King of Mercia, in 853.[16] The other two sons were much younger: Æthelred was born around 848 and was king from 865 to 871, and Alfred was born around 849 and was king from 871 to 899.[17] In 856 Æthelwulf married Judith, daughter of Charles the Bald, King of West Francia and future Holy Roman Emperor, and his wife Ermentrude. Osburh had probably died, although it is possible that she had been repudiated.[d] There were no children from Æthelwulf's marriage to Judith, and after his death she married his eldest surviving son and successor, Æthelbald.[13]

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Aethelwulf, king of Wessex's Timeline

795
795
Wessex Kingdom, England
806
806
Age 11
England, United Kingdom
825
825
Age 30
Under King of Kent
830
830
Age 35
Wessex, UK
833
833
Age 38
Wessex, UK
834
834
Age 39
United Kingdom
835
835
Age 40
Wessex, UK
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837
Age 42
Wessex Kingdom, England