Aethelbert, king of Wessex, Essex & Kent

Warwick, UK

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Birthplace: Wessex, UK
Death: October 865 (25-34)
Sherbourne, Wessex, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Dorsetshire, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Aethelwulf, king of Wessex and Osburga, Queen Consort of Wessex
Father of Æthelweard and Aldhelm
Brother of Æthelstan, king of Kent; Aethelbald, king of Wessex; Ethelred I 'the Pious', king of Wessex & Kent; Aethelswith, Queen of Mercia and Alfred the Great, king of The Anglo-Saxons

Occupation: Subregulus of Kent (852-865), King of Wessex (860-865), King 860 - 865
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About Aethelbert, king of Wessex, Essex & Kent

Æthelberht of Wessex

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King of Wessex

Reign 860–865

Born c 836

Birthplace Wessex, England

Died Autumn, 865 Sherborne

Predecessor Æthelbald

Successor Æthelred

Father Æthelwulf

Mother Osburh

Æthelberht or Ethelbert (Old English: Æþelberht, meaning "Magnificent Noble") was the King of Wessex from 860 to 865. He was the third son of Æthelwulf of Wessex and his first wife, Osburga. In 855 he became under-king of Kent while his father, Æthelwulf, visited Rome. His brother Æthelbald was left in charge of the West Saxons. After his father's death in 858 he succeeded him as king of Kent and the other eastern parts of the kingdom. When Æthelbald died childless in 860, the kingship of the West Saxons also passed to Æthelberht.[1][2]



   * 1 Reign

* 2 Death
* 3 See also
* 4 References
[edit] Reign

Like his father and brother he was also crowned at Kingston upon Thames. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle describes Æthelberht's reign as one of good harmony and lasting peace. Though this was true of internal affairs, the Vikings remained a great threat, unsuccessfully storming Winchester and ravaging eastern Kent.[3]

One development was that Wessex and its recent south-eastern conquests became a united kingdom. Unlike his predecessors, Æthelberht did not appoint another member of his family as under-king of Kent. A charter issued in the first year of Æthelberht's reign reflects an extraordinary new kind of assembly: it was the first charter of a West Saxon king to include a full complement both of West Saxon and of Kentish witnesses.[3]

[edit] Death

Æthelberht died in 865 and was succeeded by his brother Æthelred. He and was buried at Sherborne Abbey in Dorset beside his brother Æthelbald.

King after his brother Aethelbald

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Aethelbert, king of Wessex, Essex & Kent's Timeline

Wessex, UK
October 865
Age 30
Sherbourne, Wessex, England (United Kingdom)
Age 30
Sherborne Abbey, Dorsetshire, UK