Ethelred I 'the Pious', king of Wessex & Kent

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Also Known As: "Æþelræd", "Ethelred", "Æthelred", "King Aethelbert of /England/", "/Ethelberht/", "Aethelred l /House Wessex/", "/AEthelred/I", "King of Wessex", "The /Great/", "Æþelred of Wessex", "" Ethelred I 'the Pious'"
Birthplace: Wessex Kingdom, England
Death: April 23, 871 (29-38)
Merton, Devonshire, England (United Kingdom) (Died of wounds from the Battle at Merdune)
Place of Burial: Wimborne, Dorsetshire, England
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Son of Aethelwulf, king of Wessex and Osburga, Queen Consort of Wessex
Husband of Wulfthryth
Father of Æthelhelm and Æthelwold, King Of York & East Anglia
Brother of Æthelstan, king of Kent; Aethelbald, king of Wessex; Aethelbert, king of Wessex, Essex & Kent; Aethelswith, Queen of Mercia and Alfred the Great, king of The Anglo-Saxons

Occupation: King 865 - 871, king of Wessex, King of England, King of Wessex (858 - 860), koning van Wessex, Roi, de Wessex, d'Angleterre, King of Kent (839 - 855), King of Wessex (860 - 865/6), Kung i Wessex 865-871, Konge av Wessex og Kent, King of Wessex, Konge
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About Ethelred I 'the Pious', king of Wessex & Kent

King Ethelred of Wessex (Old English: Æþelræd) (c. 840 – April 23, 871) was the fourth son of King Ethelwulf of Wessex, and an older brother of Alfred the Great. He is sometimes referred to as King Ethelred I of England, but it is open to question whether he should be regarded as a king of England, since in his time the English were still divided into a number of kingdoms, not all of which recognised him as overlord (e.g. Mercia).

King after his brother Ethelbert. He He won big over the Vikings at Reading 871. Ethelred died the same year and was succeeded by his younger brother Alfred The Great King

Leo: Burke's Guide to the Royal Family, London, 1973 , Reference: 189.

Succeeded his brother Aethelbert. Aethelred's reign was one long struggle against the Danes. Ivarr the Boneless and his brother Halfdan based in Dublin attacked and occupied York in 866 which became a Viking kingdom (Jorvik). The Danes marched south and occupied Nottingham. In 869 they sailed to East Anglia where they killed the local king Edmund. Wessex was then threatened and Aethered and his brother Alfred were engaged in a series of battles with the Danes Ivarr, Halfdan and Guthrun at Reading, Ashdown and Basing. During 870/871 the Danes sacked and plundered their way through the countryside. The next major engagement was at Meretun, in Hampshire, which was an indecisive battle. Aethelred was seriously injured in the battle and died of his wounds at Witchampton, near Wimbourne, where he was buried.

Timeline for King Aethelred I

Historical Timeline 800 - Present


Aethelred becomes king on the death of his brother Aethelbert
Edmund King of East Anglia resists the Vikings and is killed
Aethelred defeated by the Danes (Vikings) at Reading
Aethelred and his brother Alfred defeat the Danes at Ashdown
Battle of Meretun, Hampshire. Aethelred is mortally wounded and dies.

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Ethelred I 'the Pious', king of Wessex & Kent's Timeline