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Ealhmund of Kent Under-King of Kent [4805]
Daughter of Kent [4809]
Ecgbert III of Wessex King of Wessex [4801]
(Abt 0775-0839)
Redburga [4804]

AEthelwulf King of England [4792]


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1. Osburga [4793]

2. Judith Princess of Aquitaine [3628]

AEthelwulf King of England [4792] 24

  • Born: 795, Aachen, Kaln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  • Marriage (1): Osburga [4793] about 830
  • Marriage (2): Judith Princess of Aquitaine [3628] on 1 Oct 856 in Verberie sur Oise, France to
  • Died: 13 Jan 858, Stamridge, Wessex at age 63
  • Buried: Steyning Church, then the Old Minster, Winchester. Bones now in Winchester Cathedral

bullet  General Notes:

Acceded: 4 FEB 839, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

Reigned 839-856 (abdicated). Under-king of Kent 825-839 and 856-858.
Renown for his military prowess, he reputedly defeated 350 viking ships (8 51).
He reduced taxation, endowed the Church, made lay lands inheritable, and
provided systems of poor relief.

Old English <>: ∆Ģelwulf, means 'Noble Wolf'

King of Wessex

∆ūelwulf, King of Wessex was born between 795 and 810.3 He was the son of Ecgbeorht, King of Wessex and Redburga (?) .2 He married, firstly, Osburga (?), daughter of Oslac of Hampshire , circa 830.3 He married, secondly, Judith, Princesse de France , daughter of Charles I, Roi de France and Ermentrude d'Orlťans <p10322.htm>, on 1 October 856 at Verberie sur Oise, France .3 He died after 13 January 858.4 He was buried at Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire, England .4 He was buried at Steyning, Sussex, England .5
∆ūelwulf, King of Wessex gained the title of Subregulus of Kent, Essex, Sussex and Surrey between 825 and 828.3 He succeeded to the title of King ∆ūelwulf of Wessex on 4 February 839.6 He was crowned King of Wessex in 839 at Kingston-upon-Thames, London, England .3 He abdicated as King of Wessex between 855 and 856.3
Ethelwulf was the son of King Egbert and had previously ruled Kent and adjoining minor kingdoms. He continued wars against the Danes and had a victory at the mouth of the Parret in Somerset in 845 and again in 851 when he beat a force of 350 ships' companies who attacked Canterbury. Ethelwulf helped the Mercians against the Welsh and then married the Mercian king's daughter. He was a religious man and in 855 undertook a pilgrimage to Rome, leaving the country in charge of Ethelbald his eldest son. On his return, to avoid civil war, he allowed Ethelbald to retain Wessex while he ruled Kent and other parts of south eastern England.

1. Unknown article title, Journal of the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Chobham, Surrey, U.K., volume 1, issue 6, page 409. Hereinafter cited as Foundation for Medieval Genealogy.

2. G. S. P. Freeman-Grencville, The Queen's Lineage: from A.D. 495 to the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (London , U.K.: Rex Collings, 1977), page 4. Hereinafter cited as The Queen's Lineage.

3. Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 5. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family.

4. Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family, page 6.

5. E. B. Fryde, D. E. Greenway, S. Porter and I. Roy, editors, Handbook of British Chronology, 3rd edition (London, U.K.: Royal Historical Society, 1986), page 23. Hereinafter cited as Handbook of British Chronology.

6. Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family, page 4.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

ē Acceded, 4 Feb 839, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England, Great Britain.


AEthelwulf married Osburga [4793] [MRIN: 1419], daughter of Oslac the Thane of Isle of Wight Grand Butler of England [4800] and Unknown, about 830. (Osburga [4793] died in 846.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

ē Marriage Fact, 853.


AEthelwulf next married Judith Princess of Aquitaine [3628] [MRIN: 2482], daughter of Charles II The Bald Holy Roman Emperor, King of West Franks [2829] [9HKC-D12] and Ermentrude of Orlťans Queen of the Franks [3626], on 1 Oct 856 in Verberie sur Oise, France to. (Judith Princess of Aquitaine [3628] was born about 844 and died in 870.)

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