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  • ID: I07229
  • Name: Aethelred I King of Kent & WESSEX 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 830 in Wessex, England
  • Death: 23 APR 871 in Merton, Torrington, Devon, England 4 2
  • Event: Ruled 865/866-871 5
  • Burial: Wimborne, Dorset, England 1
  • Note:
    Aethelred I (d. April 871), king of Wessex and of Kent (865/866-871), son of Aethelwulf of Wessex.

    By his father's will he should have succeeded to Wessex on the death of his eldest brother Aethelbald (d. 860). He seems, however to have stood aside in favour of his brother Aethelberht, king of Kent, to whose joint kingdoms he succeeded in 1865 or 866. Aethelred's reign was one long struggle against the Danes. In the year of his succession a large Danish force landed in East Anglia, and in the year 868 Aethelred and his brother Alfred went to help Burgred of Mercia against this host, but the Mercians soon made peace with their foes. In 871 the Danes encamped at Reading, where they defeated Aethelred and his brother, but later in the year the English won a great victory at a place called "Aescesdun." Two weeks later they were defeated at Basing but partially retrieved their fortune by a victory at "Maeretun" (perhaps Marden in Wiltshire), though the Danes held the field. In the Easter of this year Aethelred died, perhaps of wounds received in the wars against the Danes, and was buried at Wimborne. [Encyclopaedia Britannica]

    Father: Aethelwulf King of Kent & WESSEX b: 806 in Wessex, England
    Mother: Osburh (Osberg) b: 810 in Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England

    Marriage 1 Wulfthryth b: ABT 832 in England
      1. Has Children Aethelhelm Ealdorman of WILTSHIRE b: ABT 848 in Wiltshire, England
      2. Has Children Elfgifu Princess of WESSEX b: ABT 860 in Wessex, England

      1. Title: Encyclopedia Britannica, Treatise on
        Page: Aethelred I
      2. Title: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition, by Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Shippard Jr., 1999
        Page: 1b-15
      3. Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups -
        Page: Alan B. Wilson, 30 Dec 1998
        Text: father of Aethelhelm
      4. Title: Encyclopedia Britannica, Treatise on
        Page: Ancestry of the British Royal House, UK
        Text: 871
      5. Title: Encyclopedia Britannica, Treatise on
        Page: United Kingdom, Sovereigns of Britain
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