Æthelwulf (Wessex) of Wessex

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

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Æthelwulf "Ethelwulf, King of Wessex" of Wessex formerly Wessex
Born about in Wantage, Berkshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married about [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Verberie-Sur-Oise, Francemap
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Died in Sherbourne (Shirburn), Wessex, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Oct 2010
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Preceded by
King of the West Saxons
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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.

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On 13 Jan 2018 at 19:45 GMT Scott Lee wrote:

"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.

On 30 Sep 2017 at 08:04 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:

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.

On 5 Feb 2017 at 00:30 GMT Ken Wise wrote:

Of Wessex-265 and Wessex-14 appear to represent the same person because: These, obviously, represent the same person. Please merge them.

On 6 Feb 2015 at 08:00 GMT John Atkinson wrote:

Wessex-406 and Wessex-14 appear to represent the same person because: Similar dates, both father of King Alfred

On 3 Sep 2013 at 13:52 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

This profile should be open according to the WikiTree Honor code.

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