Ecgbert III of Wessex King of Wessex  24
- Born: Abt 775
- Marriage: Redburga 
- Died: 4 Feb 839 about age 64
- Buried: Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, England
Another name for Ecgbert was Ecgbeorht King of Wessex.
In 800 at the decease of King Brithric, Egbert was called by the voi ce of his
countrymen to assume the Government of Wessex, and he subsequently succeed ed
in reducing all the Kingdoms of the Heptarchy under his sway. His reign, a
long and glorious one, is memorable for the great victories he achieved ov er
See Europäisch Stammtafeln Band II tafel 58.
Ecgbeorht, King of Wessex was born between 769 and 780.3 He was the son of Ealhmund, Subregulus of Kent <p10270.htm> and unknown daughter (?) <p15257.htm>.2,1 He married Redburga (?).3 He died on 4 February 839.4 He was buried at Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire, England <pd113.htm>.4
Ecgbeorht, King of Wessex also went by the nick-name of Egbert 'the Great' (?).1 He gained the title of Subregulus of Kent between 790 and 796.3 He succeeded to the title of King Egbert of Wessex in 802.3 He gained the title of King Egbert of Mercia in 829.3
After the Romans left Britain in AD 407, the country was raided by Picts from Scotland, Angles and Saxons from Germany and Jutes from Denmark. Within 200 years most of England was under Anglo-Saxon rule, divided into seven Kingdoms: Kent (mostly Jutes), Essex, Sussex, Wessex, East Anglia, Mercia and Northumbria. As a guide, Wessex consisted of Hants, Dorset, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire. Mercia's boundaries varied a great deal but could be said to lie between the Thames and Humber. The capital of Wessex was Winchester and important towns in Mercia were Lichfield, Repton and Tamworth. King Offa of Mercia was a powerful king of this period and built the dyke along the English/Welsh border. Although nominally King of England, really he was only accepted South of the Humber. He won a resounding victory over the Norsemen and Cornish at Hingston Down near Callington in Cornwall in 836 and also conquered Mercia in 829 but lost it again in 838. He paved the way for national political unification which was achieved by King Athelstan in the 10th century. Although Egbert was King, the remaining kingdoms retained sub-kings or Ealdormen.
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. Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 4. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family.
3. Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 3. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family.
4. Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family, page 4.
5. G. S. P. Freeman-Grencville, The Queen's Lineage, page 4.
Noted events in his life were:
• Acceded, 802.
Ecgbert married Redburga  [MRIN: 1427].