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  • ID: I5353
  • Name: Ethelwulf Nobel Wolf Anglo-Saxons King of
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 806 in Wessex, England
  • Burial: Winchester Cathedral, London, England
  • Reference Number: Foster,Min
  • Occupation: Wessex, England; Occupation: King
  • Death: 13 JAN 857/58 in Stamridge, England
  • Note:

    !King of the West Saxons. 5 sons. [Funk & Wagnalls]


    !839-858 - King of England.
    851 - defeats the Danes at Oakley
    855 - begins to raise Peter's pence and goes with his son Alfred on pilgrimage to Rome
    856 - son Ethelbald rebels against him
    858 - dies and is succeeded by son Ethelbert
    [Timetables of History]

    !Mounted the throne in 839 and had to face an attack which was only beaten off by years of ha rd fighting. He fought bravely in defence of his realm; in his defeat at Charmouth as in a f inal victory at Aclea in 851 he led his troops in person against the sea-robbers; and his suc cess won peace for the land through the short and uneventful reigns of his sons Ethelbald an d Ethelberht. [WBH-England]

    !The year 851 AD is noted as that when "the heathen men first sat over winter in Thanet". Ye t in that year, at Ockley below Leith Hill, Ethelwulf faced the invaders so sternly that th e land seems to have gained a respite. [Leaders & Landmarks, Vol. II, p. 15]

    !Eldest son of Egbert. 4 sons and a daughter. Due to the early deaths of all of his sons an d the well-documented health problems of son Alfred, this author believes the family had an h ereditary infirmity. Alfred was said to suffer from transient bouts of severe pain and anxie ty among other undefined problems. [Knight's Popular History of England, Vol. 1, p. 95-6, 110 ]

    !Reigned 839-58; father of Alfred, Aethelbald, Aethelbert, Aethelred I. [Chronicle of the Roy al Family, chart]

    !Ethelwulf, King of Wessex md (1) Osburh, Queen of Wessex. [Royal Ancestors of Some America n Families by Michel Call SLC 1989 chart 11505, 11605]

    !King from 839-858

    King of England 839-58; son of Egbert and Raedburh; d. 13 Jan 858; m.1 Osburh; father of Alfr ed the Great. [Ancestral Roots, p. 2]

    Father of Aethelred I, King of Wessex. [Ancestral Roots, p. 5]

    Son of King Egbert of England and Redburh of Wessex; m. Osburg of Wessex. [GRS 3.03, Automate d Archives, CD#100]

    King of Wessex; son of Egbert, King of Wessex, and Redburh; m. Osburh; father of Ethelred I , King of Wessex, and of Alfred the Great. [WFT Vol 1 Ped 986]

    Ruled Wessex from 839 to 858. In 855, Aethelwulf went on a pilgrimage to Rome, and not expect ing to return, divided his kingdom between his sons Aethelbald and Aethelbert. However, Aethe lwulf did in fact return with his 12-year-old bride Judith, and resumed kingship of the easte rn half of Wessex, while Aethelbald ruled the western half. He died on 13 Jan 858.
    After Egbert's death, Athulf succeeded to the throne of his father Egbert, and he delivere d up the kingdomof Kent to his son Athelstan, together with East-Saxony, South-Saxony, and Su rrey, i.e., the eastern southern and midland parts.
    851: Ceorl, duke of Devon, fought a battle against the pagans at Wembury, where they sel w many of the Danes and gained the victory. In the course of the same year, the barbarians wi ntered first in the isle of Thanet, which lies not far from Britain, and has fruitful but no t large corn fields. That year was not yet finished, when a large fleet of pagans arrived, 35 0 ships, at the mouth of the river Thames and destroyed the city of Canterbury and the city o f London, and put to flight Berthwilf King of Mercia, having defeated his army. After the bat tle they returned beyond the river Thames toward the south through the province of Surrey, ad n there King Ethelwulf with the Western Angles met them: an immense number was slain on bot h sides near Ockley Wood.
    854: After three years King Burhred asked assistance from King Ethelwulf to subdue the Nor thern Britons: he granted it, and having collected his army, passed through the Mercian kingd om to go against the Britons: whom he subdues and made tributary. In the same year King Ethel wulf sent his son Alfred to Rome, in the days of our lord pope Leo IV, who consecrated him ki ng and named him his son in baptism, when we are accustomed to name little children, when w e receive them from the bishop's hand. In the same year were fought battles in the isle of Th anet against the pagans; and there was a great slaughter made on both sides, and many were dr owned in the sea. The same year also after Easter King Ethelwulf gave his daughter in marriag e to King Burhred.
    855: After a year the pagans wintered in Sheppey. In the same year King Ethelwulf gave th e tenth of all his possession to be the Lord's portion, and so appointed it to be in all th e government of his kingdom. In the same year he set out to Rome with great dignity, and stay ed there 12 months. As he returned home, therefore, to his country, Charles, king of the Fran ks, gave him his daughter in marriage, and he took her home with him to his own country.
    857: Lastly, after a year King Ethelwulf died, and his body reposes in the city of Winches ter. [Gordon Fisher
    b.c. 795, Aachen, France; d. 13 Jan 857/8, Sussex, England; son of Egbert III and Eadburh; m . Osburh; father of:
    1. ©thelbald who m. Judith of France
    2. ©thelbert
    3. ©thelred who m. Wulfrida
    4. Alfred who m. Ealhswith of the Gaini
    5. Altheswith Burgred of Mercia
    [Terry Walters

    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
    • Married: ABT 830

    Marriage 2 Judith Carolingian b: 844 in Chéraute, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine, France
    • Married: ABT 01 OCT 856 in Verberie sur Oise, France
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