This timeline gives a chronological listing of the main events in English History for the years 860 – 869
The kings of Wessex for this period were
Aethelberht from 860 – 865
Aethelred from 865
King Aethelbald of Wessex shocked church elders and ealdormen by marrying his stepmother, Judith of France
chieftan Weland, attacked Winchester, the capital of Wessex, and set the town alight. Weland tried to fight further inland but was defeated by an Anglo Saxon
860 (20th December)
of Wessex died. He was succeeded by his brother Aethelberht
of Kent thus uniting Wessex and Kent.
Aethelberht of Wessex was crowned at Kingston-upon-Thames.
862 (13th April)
King Donald of Scotland died. He was succeeded by his nephew Constantine I.
challenged Osbert for the rule of the kingdom of Northumbria and won.
King Aethelberht of Wessex died. He was succeeded by his brother Aethelred I of Wessex.
866 (1st November)
The Great Heathen Army marched north to Northumbria and took the city of York.
The two rivals, Aelle
of Northumbria, united and attacked Viking York. However after breaching the city walls they were cut down in the narrow streets. Osberht and Aelle were both killed. Ivar the Boneless claimed victory over Northumbria and installed Egbert as puppet King.
Aethelred married Wulfthryth
, possibly of Wiltshire.
A son Aethelhelm
, was born to Aethelred and Wulfthryth.
Aethelred’s brother, Alfred married Ealhswith
, daughter of a Mercian noble strengthening ties with Mercia.
Aethelred’s brother-in-law, Burgred of Mercia
, appealed for help against a Viking attack. Aethelred and his brother Alfred
marched north with an army but Burgred paid the Vikings to leave thus avoiding battle.
868 (20th November)
The Great Heathan Army led by Ivar the Boneless returned to East Anglia. King Edmund of East Anglia decided to oppose the Vikings and was horrifically killed
A son, Aethelwold, was born to Aethelred and Wulfthryth.
The Viking force led by Ivar the Boneless entered Mercia and sacked the monastery at Peterborough killing the monks and abbot.
Published Jul 28, 2016 @ 5:58 pm – Updated –
Harvard Reference for this page:
Heather Y Wheeler. (2016 – 2019). English History 860 – 869. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/english-history-860-869. Last accessed August 19th, 2019