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Ealhmund (Wessex) of Kent (abt. 0758 - 0827)

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Ealhmund of Kent formerly Wessex
Born about in Wessex, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died [location unknown]
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Reigned in 784, Subject to Mercian overlordship

EALHMUND of Wessex, son of Eefa (Eaba) & his wife who is unknown. [1] Ealhmund King of Kent, was the father of Egbert and grandfather to Æthelwulf

The confusion about whether Ealhmund derives from Wessex or Kent is cited in Charles Cawley's Medeival Lands . quoting "

"The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle names Ealhmund as son of Eafa, in a late passage which sets out the ancestry of Æthelwulf King of Wessex. However, Ealhmund's predecessor as king of Kent, and Ealhmund's own son, were both named Ecgberht, a name which was not particularly common in any of the Anglo-Saxon royal families. In view of the general practice of name inheritance within the ruling families, and the absence of the name "Ecgberht" from the house of Wessex as recorded in the traditional genealogies, it is not impossible that Ealhmund's origins lay in Kent and not in Wessex. This would of course mean that the usually represented ancestry of Ecgberht King of Wessex would require reconsideration. Mercian involvement in Kentish affairs appears to have increased again in 785-89. Presumably King Ealhmund was deposed as king of Kent by Offa King of Mercia as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle states that "the Kentishmen … formerly … had been wrongly forced away from their allegiance to [Ecgberht King of Wessex's] kinsmen". This event may have taken place in 789, the date when King Ealhmund's son Ecgberht is later described as having been expelled from England by Beorhtric King of Wessex and Offa King of Mercia." [2]

The name of Ealhmund's wife is not known [3]

Ealhmund & his unknown wife had one child:

1) Ecgberht , born 769-80, died in 839 .[4]


Note NI2469!SOURCES: 1. Anglo-Saxon Bishops, Kings & Nobles, Eng. 104, p. 339, 342-43
2. Royal Line of Succession, A16A225, p. 5
3. Keiser und Koenig Hist., Gen. Hist. 25, pt 1, p. 95
4. Hist. of the Anglo-Saxons, Eng. 36, v. 1, p. 362


  1. Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records that "rex Ealhmundus" was "in Cantia rex" in 784
  2. Anglo Saxon Danish Kings
  3. May be a Kent. Anglo Saxon Danish Kings
  4. Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records that "Egbert succeeded to the kingdom of Wessex" after the death of Beorhtric in 802, On Beorhtric's death, he established himself in 802 as ECGBERHT King of Wessex, rebelling against Mercian overlordship"

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On 15 Jul 2017 at 03:00 GMT Jamie Nelson wrote:

On 26 Feb 2014 at 10:37 GMT Jessica Boyd wrote:

On 26 Feb 2014 at 10:37 GMT Jessica Boyd wrote:

Are all of these the same people?

See: Wessex-249, Van Kent-1, Northumbria-61 /wiki/Ealhmund_of_Kent

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