King Egbert of Wessex 770 – 839

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Egbert King of Wessex

Father – Ealmund of Kent
Mother – Not Known
Spouse – Redburga (possibly)
Children – Aethelwulf, Aethelstan
King of Wessex – 800 – 839
Predecessor – Beorhtric
Successor – Aethelwulf



770 (around)
A son, Egbert (sometimes spelt Ecgberht), was born to Ealhmund of Kent.
786 (during)
King Cynewulf of Wessex was murdered. Beothric was elected to be King but Egbert contested this. Beothric maintained his position and Egbert fled to Mercia where he took refuge with King Offa.
787 (around)
Beothric made an alliance with King Offa and Egbert fled to France where he lived in the court of Charlemagne.
790 (around)
Egbert became Subregulus of Kent.
790 (around)
Egbert married Redburga, allegedly daughter of Charlemagne, King of the Franks, but this is uncertain.
795 (around)
A son, Aethelwulf was born to Egbert and Redburga.
797 (around)
A son, Aethelstan was born to Egbert and Redburga.
802 (during)
Beorhtric of Wessex died. Egbert returned to England and succeeded as King of Wessex.
825 (during)
Egbert had succeeded in becomming the dominant ruler in England following victory at the Battle of Ellandun.
825 (during)
Egbert’s son, Aethelwulf, became Subregulus of Kent, Essex, Sussex and Surrey.
826 (during)
Beornwulf of Mercia invaded East Anglia to recover his rule there but he was killed during the battle.
827 (during)
Ludeca of Mercia, Beornwulf’s successor, invaded East Anglia but he was killed during battle.
829 (during)
Egbert became King of Mercia after defeating King Wiglaf of Mercia in battle. Wiglaf was forced into exile.
829 (late)
Egbert defeated the Northumbrians at the Battle of the River Dore and they were forced to submit to him. This was the first time that any one King had overlordship over all kingdoms of England.
830 (during)
Egbert was expelled from Mercia by the Mercian King, Wiglaf.
836 (during)
The Vikings attacked North Devon and Somerset. Egbert tried to defeat them at the Battle of Carhampton but he was forced to retreat.
838 (during)
Egbert fought a combined force of Vikings and Cornishmen at the Battle of Hingston Down and was victorious.
839 (February)
Egbert died and was buried at Winchester. He was succeeded by his son, Aethelwulf.



Published Jan 25, 2018 @ 11:21 pm – Updated – Mar 13, 2018 @ 8:17 pm


Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2018). Egbert of Wessex 770 – 839. Available: Last accessed March 17th, 2019


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