Æthelred I Wessex

Æthelred Wessex (abt. 0830 - 0871)

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Æthelred (Æthelred I) "King of the West Saxons, Ætheling" Wessex
Born about in Wantage, Berkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Merton, Devon, England. bur Wimborne Minster, Dorset.map
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Categories: House of Wessex.

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Æthelred I Wessex is a member of the House of Wessex.
Preceded by
King of the West Saxons
Succeeded by
Alfred "the Great"
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  • 866: succeeded brother Æthelberht (Ethelbert)
  • Coronaton: Kingston-upon-Thames.[1]
  • Reign: 866 - 871.



b. abt.837
d.23 April 0871 Merton, Devon[2]
Burial: Wimborne Minster, Dorset


m. 868 Wulfrida. Issue: 2[3]
  • ÆTHELWOLD (c.869/71 c.902/05)[5]



  1. By his father's will he should have succeeded to Wessex on the death of his eldest brother Aethelbald (d. 860). He seems to have stood aside in favour of his brother Aethelbeht, king of Kent, to whose joint kingdoms he succeeded in 865 or 866.
    Aethelred's reign was one long struggle against the Danes. In the year of his succession a large Danish force landed in East Anglia, and in the year 868 Aethelred and his brother Alfred went to help Burgred of Mercia against this host, but the Mercians soon made peace with their foes. In 871 the Danes encamped at Reading, where they defeated Aethelred and his brother, but later in the year the English won a great victory at a place called "Aescesdun." Two weeks later they were defeated at Basing but partially retrieved their fortune by a victory at "Maeretun" (perhaps Marden in Wiltshire), though the Danes held the field. In the Easter of this year Aethelred died, perhaps of wounds received in the wars against the Danes, and was buried at Wimborne. [Encyclopaedia Britannica]
  2. Killed in Battle
  3. See fmg.ac
  4. King Alfred, under his will probably dated to [879/88], bequeathed estates at Aldingbourne, Compton, Crondall, Beeding, Beddingham, Burnham, Thunderfield and Earhing to "my brother's son Æthelhelm". He is named in the will before his brother Æthelwold, and received more extensive estates, suggesting that Æthelhelm was his father's older son. "Æthelhel[m] dux" subscribed the same undated charter of King Alfred as his brother Æthelwald, although curiously Æthelhelm is not given the epithet "filius regis" in the charter, in contrast to Æthelwald. Æthelhelm had [one possible child]: [ÆTHELFRITH (-904 or after).Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, E, 851
  5. killed at the battle of the Holm.

Roger Travis

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On 30 Sep 2017 at 08:22 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:

Sean Miller, ‘Æthelred I (d. 871)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 30 Sept 2017

On 21 Sep 2014 at 02:03 GMT Renee Malloy Esq wrote:

It declares in his Bio that he only had two children. Have you notices this? Maybe there has been duplication? Thanks for looking into this, Renee

On 7 Aug 2013 at 10:02 GMT Roger Travis Jr. wrote:

Hi! Here's another one to open, please. Thanks!

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