Ethelred of Wessex

Ethelred of Wessex

Infobox Monarch
name=Ethelred I
title=King of Wessex


caption=A coin depicting Ethelred
rank=5th
reign=865-871
predecessor=Ethelbert of Wessex
successor=Alfred the Great
consort=Wulfrida
date of birth=c. 840
place of birth=Wessex, England
date of death=23 April 871, Wimborne. Dorset
place of death=
place of burial=Wimborne
father=Ethelwulf of Wessex
mother=Osburga
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).

He succeeded his brother, Ethelbert, as King of Wessex and Kent in 865 [http://www.anglo-saxons.net/hwaet/?do=seek&query=S+338] [http://www.anglo-saxons.net/hwaet/?do=seek&query=S+339] . He married Wulfrida and had two sons, Aethelwold being the elder and Aethelhelm being the younger. Ethelred was not able to control the increasing Danish raids which devastated England. On January 4, 871 at the Battle of Reading, Ethelred suffered a crushing defeat, although he did hand the Danes a Pyrrhic victory. Soon after, however, Ethelred was able to re-form his army in time to win a stunning victory at the Battle of Ashdown. However, he suffered another defeat on January 22 at the Battle of Basing and was killed at the Battle of Merton on April 23, 871.

Ethelred is buried at Wimborne in Dorset. Following his death, he was popularly regarded as a saint, but never canonised. He was succeeded by his brother, King Alfred the Great. (See House of Wessex family tree.)

Ethelred is not to be confused with the later king Ethelred the Unready.

ee also

*List of monarchs of Kent
*Chronology of Kentish Kings

External links

* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A292484 Ethelbald, Ethelbert and Ethelred I - Kings of England] at h2g2

succession box two to two
before=Ethelbert
title1=King of Wessex
years1=865–871
title2=King of Kent
years2=865–871
title3=Bretwalda
years3=
after=Alfred the Great
s-anc
F=Ethelwulf of Wessex
FF=Egbert of Wessex
FFH=
FM=Redburga
FMH=
M=Osburga
MF=Oslac
MFH=
MM="unknown"
MMH=


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