Ælfred  (Wessex) of Wessex

Ælfred (Wessex) of Wessex (abt. 0849 - 0899)

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Ælfred (Alfred) "Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons and Anglo-Saxons" of Wessex formerly Wessex
Born about in Wantage, Berkshire, Wessex, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Winchester, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Winchester, Hampshire, Englandmap
Wessex-33 created 2 Jan 2011 | Last modified | Last edit: 24 Aug 2017
10:16: Robin Lee proposed a merge of Cumbe-3 and Wessex-33 with a comment. [Thank Robin for this]
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Alfred (Wessex) of Wessex is a member of royalty, nobility or aristocracy in the British Isles.
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Alfred (Wessex) of Wessex is a member of the House of Wessex.
Preceded by
King of the West Saxons
23 Apr 871 – 26 Oct 899
Succeeded by
Edward "the Elder"



Alfred the Great succeeded his brother, Athelred (d.871). He is known for protecting Wessex from the Viking invasion, but never became, "king of all the English," since the Danes held most of the North and the East.[1]
He pushed back the Viking incursions, and relieved neighboring kingdoms from the Danish threat, following his victory at the Battle of Ethandun in 878.[2] He re-established Anglo-Saxon rule over the western half of Mercia. The introduction of Danelaw divided Mercia in half, giving control of the eastern portion to the Danes.[3]


Ælfred (Alfred) "The Great" of Wessex[4][5]
Rex Anglorum et Saxonum (King of the English and Saxons)
b. c.847 Wantage (?)[1]
d. 26 Oct 899 Winchester (?)[1][6]
bur. Winchester[1]
reinterred: 1110 Hyde Abbey[7]

Alfred the Great was originally buried at Old Minster, Winchester, later moved to New Minster and then Hyde Abbey. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burial_places_of_British_royalty


Æthelwulf and Osburh m. abt 837[8] Issue: 6[9]
  • Alfred the Great[14]
  • Æthelswith m. Burgred, King of Mercia.[15]

Marriage and Issue

m. 868 Ealhswith[1][16] Issue: 5 or 6.
  • Edward the Elder[17] (c. 874 -17 July 924) m.1 Ecgwynn; m.2 Ælfflæd; m.3 919 Eadgifu
  • Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians (d.12 Jun 918) m. Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians
  • Æthelgifu, Abbess of Shaftesbury[18]
  • Æthelweard (d.16 Oct 922?)
  • Ælfthryth or Elfreda (d.929) m. Baldwin II, Count of Flanders[1] (d. 918)[19]


871: King of the West Saxons[20]
By 886: captured London.[21]
after 878: Treaty of Wedmore[1]
after 878 - 885: Peace mostly reigned[22]
893 - 897: war with Danes of East Anglia[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Ashley, 2008
  2. a.k.a. Battle of Edington btw 06 - 12 May AD 878
  3. Category: 9th Century
  4. References:
    1. Anglo-Saxon Bishops, Kings & Nobles, Eng. 104, p. 300, 342, 343
    2. Royal Line of Succession, A16-A225, p. 6
    3. Hist. Eng. P, 1949, pref. p. 151
    4. George's Hist. Tab., Eng. 102, Tab. 1
    5. Keiser und Koenig Hist., Gen. Hist. 25, pt. 1, p. 96, 97
    6. Anderson's Royal Genealogies, Eng. 130, p. 738
    7. The Plantagenet Ancestry, Eng. 116, p. 21
  5. Alfred is the only English King to be called "The Great."
  6. Wikipedia; cause unknown: possibly poor health / Crohn's disease (Alfred the Great- a diagnosis. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov).
  7. thought new Minister was built for his remains, so he was reinterred there. Reburied by monks when Minister moved to Hyde Abbey, along with wife and kids in great procession. See: Summary of Hyde Community Archaeology Project.
    Wed 27 Mar: bones exhumed. kept by church while academia verifies remains. See Guardian.
  8. alias: Osburga; dau. Oslac
  9. 5 sons, 1 dau. Each son, except Æthelstan, succeeded to the throne.
  10. King of Kent, Prince of Wessex
    received Kent, Essex, Surrey and Sussex
    Æthelstan is not Athelstan the Glorious.
  11. King of England, b. ABT 834, King of Wessex
  12. King of England, b. ABT 836, King of Wessex
  13. King of England, b. CIR 840 King of Wessex
  14. King West Saxons, b. 849
  15. child bride
  16. Father: Mercian nobleman (Ashley, 2008), Æthelred Mucil, Ealdorman of the Gaini. Mother: Eadburh, member of the Mercian royal family (Ashely, 2008).
  17. King of the West Saxons: 899-924 (Ashley, 2008)
  18. Wikipedia: Shaftesbury Abbey
  19. mother was Osburga dau. Oslac of the Isle of Wight, Chief Butler of England.
  20. when his brother, Ethelred, died.
  21. after 878AD regarded as "overlord of the English" (Ashely, 2008).
  22. Except for 885 AD skirmish with Danes (Ashley, 2008).
Ashley, M. (2008). A Brief History of British Kings and Queens, (pp.29 - 32). Philadelphia: Running Press Book Publishers. Print.
Searle, W.G. (1899). Anglo-Saxon Bishops, Kings, and Nobles, (pp.343). Cambridge University Press. London: C.J. Clay & Sons. archive.org.
Burke, Bernard. Royal Descents and Pedigrees of Founders Kin (Harrison, London, 1864) Page 1-9

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On 24 Aug 2017 at 14:16 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Cumbe-3 and Wessex-33 appear to represent the same person because: Wessex-33 is a project profile and would like the project to determine correct LNAB for the merge

On 24 Aug 2017 at 13:48 GMT Robert Richards wrote:

Cumbe-3 and Wessex-33 are not ready to be merged because: To resolve last name details to match the wikitree rules?

On 23 Aug 2017 at 16:21 GMT Helen (Coleman) Ford wrote:

Cumbe-3 and Wessex-33 appear to represent the same person because: same birth, same death, same wife, same person

On 22 Jan 2016 at 15:28 GMT Tim Perry wrote:

Of Wessex-267 and Wessex-33 are not ready to be merged because: Fathers dates conflict needs to be resolved first.

On 22 Jan 2016 at 13:53 GMT Gene Adkins Jr. wrote:

Of Wessex-267 and Wessex-33 appear to represent the same person because: same name, same time frame, same location,

On 6 Feb 2015 at 08:02 GMT John Atkinson wrote:

Unknown-241351 and Wessex-33 appear to represent the same person because: Dates are similar, must be intended to be the same person.

On 29 Dec 2014 at 05:26 GMT Bob Brodie wrote:

My 34th Great Grandfather,

On 3 Sep 2014 at 18:29 GMT Dan Thompson wrote:

Atheling-99 and Wessex-33 appear to represent the same person because: Same person.

On 11 Feb 2014 at 08:20 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

Here's the page for the EuroAristo Project . You are very welcomed to help since you are interested .


On 11 Feb 2014 at 08:18 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

Heidi , please do not create duplicates of profiles on here already. I know Abernathy's work and it's very good.I know it's confusing to search the other profiles on here, . The source the EuroAristo Project uses is
MEDIEVAL LANDS: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families by Charles Cawley © Foundation for Medieval Genealogy & Charles Cawley 2000-2017.

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