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Given Names: Ethelwulf  Family Name:
Known As: Ethelwulf of Wessex
 
Titles: King of the English ( 839 - 858)
  King of Kent ( 856 - 858)
 
Born:
Unknown place
Died:
Unknown place
(Age 58, Natural Causes)
  English/Scottish Royal Blood: 100%   [?] Buried: Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire, England
 
Father: Egbert, King of the English About 775 - 839
Mother: Redburga Unknown birth/death dates
 
Marriage: Osburga ? - About 855
  Date: About 835 His Age: 35 Her Age: Unknown
  Place:  Unknown place
  Offspring:
+0  Ethelbald, King of the English About 831 - 20 Dec 860
+0  Ethelbert, King of the English About 835 - 865
+2  Ethelred I, King of the English Before 843 - 23 Apr 871
+6  Alfred, King of the English About 849 - 25 Oct 899
+0  Ethelswyth About 843 - 889
+0  Ethelstan Unknown birth/death dates
  (The number to the left of each offspring indicates the total number of children for that person.)
 
Marriage: Judith Martel About 844 - 870
  Date: 1 Oct 856 His Age: 51 Her Age: 13
  Place:  Verberie-sur-Oise, France
  Offspring:
  None listed
 
Events: Accession to English throne 839 Unknown place
  Abdication from throne 856 Unknown place
 

Notes
  • In his youth, Ethelwulf performed brilliantly as a general for his father Egbert. Ethelwulf's forces defeated the sub-king of Kent, with the result that Sussex, Essex, Surrey and Kent were added to the kingdom of Wessex.
     
  • As king of Wessex, Ethelwulf worried increasingly about the Danish threat. After the winter of 850, while part of the Danish forces were engaged at Sandwich with Ethelwulf's eldest son Ethelstan, the main Danish army marched through Canterbury and London. Ethelwulf and his son Ethelbald defeated this army overwhelmingly. According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the battle resulted in "the biggest slaughter among the heathen host that we have ever heard tell of to this present day."
     
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