Æthelwulf (Wessex) of Wessex

Æthelwulf (Wessex) of Wessex (abt. 0795 - 0858)

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Æthelwulf "Ethelwulf, King of Wessex" of Wessex formerly Wessex
Born about in Wantage, Berkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 0833 [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1 Oct 0856 in Verberie-Sur-Oise, Francemap
Descendants descendants
Died in Sherbourne (Shirburn), Wessex, Englandmap
Profile last modified 10 Jun 2019 | Created 1 Oct 2010
This page has been accessed 25,641 times.
The House of Wessex crest.
Æthelwulf (Wessex) of Wessex is a member of the House of Wessex.
British Aristocracy
Æthelwulf (Wessex) of Wessex was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.
Join: British Royals and Aristocrats Project
Discuss: euroaristo
Preceded by
King of the West Saxons
Succeeded by


Æthelwulf, King of Wessex

Æthelwulf, King of Wessex.[1]
Reign: July 839 - 856


Alias: Aethelwulf or Ethelwulf
Old English: Æþelwulf, means 'Noble Wolf'.
b. unknown[2]
d.13 Jan 858 Stamridge, Wessex
Burial: Steyning Church
re-interred: Old Minster in Winchester then Winchester Cathedral.[3]

Early Life

Father: Ecgbert III of Wessex, King of Wessex, b. ABT 775 AKA Egbert[4]
Mother: Redburga b.785


m.1 abt. 837 Osburh.[5] Issue: 6[6]
  • Æthelstan[7]
  • Æthelbald[8]
  • Æthelbert[9]
  • Alfred the Great[11]
  • Æthelswith m. Burgred, King of Mercia.[12]
m.2 01 Oct 856 Judith of Flanders.[13] No issue.


  • 0825: conquered Kent
  • later King of Kent/sub-king to Egbert.
  • 0839: succeeded father as King of Wessex[14]
  • split kingdom with Æthelstan[15]
  • 856: deposed by rival faction upon return from pilgrimage to Rome, but continued to rule Kent and several other eastern provinces until death.
  • Renowned for military prowess, he defeated 350 viking ships (851). He reduced taxation, endowed the Church, made lay lands inheritable, and provided systems of poor relief.



  1. Ashley, Maurice. Great Britain to 1688: A Modern History. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1961.
    Garmonsway, GN. Translation of The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. London: JM Dent & Sons, 1953.
    Hindley, Geoffrey. The Anglo-Saxons. London: Robinson, 2006.
    Hodgkin, RH. A History of the Anglo-Saxons. London: Oxford UP, 1935.
    Humble, Richard. The Saxon Kings. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1980.
    Alfred the Great, Asser's Life of Alfred and Other Contemporary Sources (1983). pp. 69, 231-2, 235. Simon Keynes and Michael Lapidge, ed. London: Penguin Classics.
    Kirby, D.P. (1991). The Earliest English Kings. London: Unwin Hyman.
    Yorke, Barbara (1990). Kings and Kingdoms in Early Anglo-Saxon England. London: Seab.
    Journal of the Foundation for Medieval Genea, 1(6), pp. 409. Chobham, Surrey, U.K.,
    G. S. P. Freeman-Grencville, (1977). The Queen's Lineage: from A.D. 495 to the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, pp.4. London: Rex Collings.
    Weir, Alison, (1999). Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy London: The Bodley Head.
    Handbook of British Chronology, 3rd ed. (1986). pp.23. E. B. Fryde, D. E. Greenway, S. Porter and I. Roy, ed. London: Royal Historical Society.
    Garmonsway, GN. Translation of The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. London: JM Dent & Sons, 1953.
    Hodgkin, RH. A History of the Anglo-Saxons. London: Oxford UP, 1935.
    Humble, Richard. The Saxon Kings. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1980. 41.
    Hodgkin, RH. A History of the Anglo-Saxons. London: Oxford UP, 1935. 512, 515
    D. P. Kirby, The Earliest English Kings (1991, 2000), pages 147–149.
    Weir, Alison (1999), Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy, London, U.K., p. 6
  2. birth is not given, but father Egbert was in exile for the period of time in which Aethelwulf was born and 825 when Aethelwulf led the army of Wessex and defeated the army of Mercia, 800 is reasonable estimate. Had he been born in Wessex, it seems likely that the birth of Egbert's only son would have been noted.
  3. bones in "mortuary chests"
  4. alias: Egbert
    Æthelwulf, was his only known son
    West Saxon king Egbert (ruled 802-839), ascended the throne four years after the Danes had begun large-scale raids on the English coast. In 851 he scored a major victory over a large Danish army at a place called Aclea in Surrey.
  5. alias: Osburga; dau. Oslac
  6. 5 sons, 1 dau. Each son, except Æthelstan, succeeded to the throne.
  7. King of Kent, Prince of Wessex
    received Kent, Essex, Surrey and Sussex
    Æthelstan is not Athelstan the Glorious.
  8. King of England, b. ABT 834, King of Wessex
  9. King of England, b. ABT 836, King of Wessex
  10. King of England, b. CIR 840 King of Wessex
  11. King West Saxons, b. 849
  12. child bride
  13. age: 12;
    dau Charles II the Bald, king of the West Franks.
  14. kingdom from Kent to Devon. eldest son Æthelstan became sub-king of Kent as a subordinate ruler.
  15. Æthelwulf kept ancient, western side of Wessex (Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Devon.

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Sponsored Search by Ancestry.com

No known carriers of Æthelwulf's DNA have taken a DNA test.

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Comments: 5

Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.
"This Prince had neither the abilities nor the vigour of his father; and was better qualified for governing a convent than a kingdom." David Hume; The History of England; Ref. Wm. Malmes. lib.2.cap.2.
posted by Scott Lee
Janet L. Nelson, ‘Æthelwulf (d. 858)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 30 Sept 2017 Says the identity of his mother is unknown. No siblings are recorded.
posted by C. Mackinnon
Of Wessex-265 and Wessex-14 appear to represent the same person because: These, obviously, represent the same person. Please merge them.
posted by Ken Wise
Wessex-406 and Wessex-14 appear to represent the same person because: Similar dates, both father of King Alfred
posted by John Atkinson
This profile should be open according to the WikiTree Honor code.

Thanks !

posted by Maggie N.

Æthelwulf is 32 degrees from Claire Nava, 38 degrees from Levi Strauss and 20 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

W  >  Wessex  |  O  >  of Wessex  >  Æthelwulf (Wessex) of Wessex

Categories: House of Wessex | EuroAristo - Profiles that need work