Egbert, king of Wessex

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Ecgberht

Lithuanian: Egbertas
Also Known As: "Egbert", "Ecgberht", "Ecgbert", "Ecgbriht;"
Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Wessex, England
Death: circa November 19, 838 (61-77)
Wessex, England
Place of Burial: Winchester, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
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Son of Ealhmund, Under King Of Kent
Husband of Rædburh, queen consort of Wessex
Father of Aethelwulf, king of Wessex
Brother of Saint Alburga

Occupation: King of Wessex. Reigned 802-839.
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About Egbert, king of Wessex

Egbert of Wessex (also spelled Ecgberht, Ecgbert or Ecgbriht; 769 or 771 – 839) was King of Wessex from 802 until his death in 839. His father was Ealhmund of Kent. In the 780s Egbert was forced into exile by Offa of Mercia and Beorhtric of Wessex, but on Beorhtric's death in 802 Egbert returned and took the throne.

Little is known of the first 20 years of Egbert's reign, but it is thought that he was able to maintain Wessex's independence against the kingdom of Mercia, which at that time dominated the other southern English kingdoms. In 825 Egbert defeated Beornwulf of Mercia and ended Mercia's supremacy at the Battle of Ellandun, and proceeded to take control of the Mercian dependencies in southeastern England. In 829 Egbert defeated Wiglaf of Mercia and drove him out of his kingdom, temporarily ruling Mercia directly. Later that year Egbert received the submission of the Northumbrian king at Dore. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle subsequently described Egbert as a bretwalda, or "Ruler of Britain".

Egbert was unable to maintain this dominant position, and within a year Wiglaf regained the throne of Mercia. However, Wessex did retain control of Kent, Sussex and Surrey; these territories were given to Egbert's son Æthelwulf to rule as a subking under Egbert. When Egbert died in 839, Æthelwulf succeeded him; the southeastern kingdoms were finally absorbed into the kingdom of Wessex after Æthelwulf's death in 858.

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Egbert, king of Wessex's Timeline

769
769
Wessex, England
795
795
Age 26
Wessex Kingdom, England
802
802
- 839
Age 33
827
827
Age 58
King of Wessex
838
November 19, 838
Age 69
Wessex, England
839
839
Age 69
Winchester, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
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King of, England, 829-838/9