King Aethelbald of Wessex 834 – 860

 

Aethelbald of Wessex

Father – Aethelwulf
Mother – Osburgh
Spouse – Judith of France
Children – No children
King of Wessex – 858 – 860
Predecessor – Aethelwulf
Successor – Aethelberht

 

 

834 (around)
A son, Aethelbald, was born to Aethelwulf and Osburgh.
836 (around)
Aethelbald’s brother, Aethelberht, was born to Aethelwulf and Osburgh.
836 (during)
The Vikings attacked North Devon and Somerset. Aethelbald’s grandfather, Egbert tried to defeat them at the Battle of Carhampton but he was forced to retreat.
838 (around)
Aethelbald’s sister, Aethelswitha, was born to Aethelwulf and Osburgh.
838 (during)
Aethelbald’s grandfather, Egbert, fought a combined force of Vikings and Cornishmen at the Battle of Hingston Down and was victorious.
839 (February)
Aethelbald’s father, Aethelwulf, became King of Wessex when King Egbert died.
839 (June)
Aethelbald’s father, Aethelwulf was crowned at Kingston-upon-Thames.
839 (Summer)
Aethelbald’s brother, Aethelstan, was created subregulus of Kent, Essex and Sussex.
840 (around)
Aethelbald’s brother, Aethelred, was born to Aethelwulf and Osburgh.
840 (around)
The Vikings began making raids along the South coast of England.
843 (Easter)
Aethelbald’s father, Aethelwulf was defeated by a Viking force at Carhampton.
849 (around)
Aethelbald’s brother, Alfred, was born to Aethelwulf and Osburgh at Wantage, Berkshire.
850 (during)
A Viking raiding force was defeated by Aethelbald’s brother Aethelstan in a naval battle off Sandwich, Kent.
851 (during)
Aethelbald’s father, Aethelwulf, fought a Danish force at Acleah in Surrey and was victorious.
852 (during)
Aethelbald’s eldest brother, Aethelstan, died.
853 (during)
Aethelbald’s brother, Alfred, was sent to Rome to be confirmed by the Pope. He may have been accompanied by his brother Aethelred. As a younger son, Alfred was possibly being prepared for a life in the Church.
853 (Easter)
Aethelbald’s sister, Aethelswitha, married King Burgred of Mercia, sealing an alliance between Wessex and Mercia.
853 (Autumn)
Aethelwulf and Burgred of Mercia joined forces to defeat the Welsh led by Cyngen ap Cadell.
854 (around)
Aethelbald’s mother, Osburgh, died.
855 (during)
Aethelbald became regent of Wessex when his father, Aethelwulf and youngest brother, Alfred, went on a pilgrimage to Rome. His brother Aethelberht became subregulus of Kent.
856 (July)
Aethelwulf King of Wessex was betrothed to Judith, daughter of Charles, King of the Franks.
856 (1st October)
Aethelbald’s father married Judith, daughter of Charles II, King of the Franks.
856 (October)
Aethelwulf, his new wife, Judith and his youngest son, Alfred returned to Wessex. Aethelwulf may have shared rule with Aethelbald or taken back full control.
858 (13th January)
Aethelbald became King of Wessex when his father Aethelwulf died.
860 (during)
Aethelbald shocked church elders and the ealdormen by marrying his stepmother.
860 (20th December)
Aethelbald died in Sherbourne. He was succeeded by his brother Aethelbert.

 

 

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2018). Aethelbald of Wessex 834 – 860. Available: http://www.totallytimelines.com/aethelbald-of-wessex-834-860. Last accessed February 19th, 2018

 

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