English History 860 – 869

860 - 869 King Aethelbert

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
Aethelbald 860,
Aethelberht from 860 – 865
Aethelred from 865

860 (during)
King Aethelbald of Wessex shocked church elders and ealdormen by marrying his stepmother, Judith of France.
860 (Summer)
The Viking 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 force.
860 (20th December)
King Aethelbald of Wessex died. He was succeeded by his brother Aethelberht of Kent thus uniting Wessex and Kent.
861 (during)
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.
862 (during)
Aelle challenged Osberht for the rule of the kingdom of Northumbria and won.
865 (around)
The legendary Viking, Ragnar Lothbrok was shipwrecked off the Northumbrian coast. King Aelle immediately marched to the coast, defeated the Viking army and took Ragnar prisoner.
865 (during)
Aelle killed Ragnar Lothbrok by throwing him into a pit of snakes. This act led to the formation of the Great Heathen army by the sons of Ragnar who vowed to avenge the death of their father. 
865 (during)
The Great Heathen Army led by the sons of Ragnar Lothbrok, Halfdan, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye, Ubba and Ivar the Boneless, landed in East Anglia. They accepted a payment of horses from King Edmund of East Anglia to go away.
865 (Autumn)
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.
867 (21st March)
Aelle made an alliance with his former adversary, Osberht, and together they marched to expel the Vikings from York. They were badly defeated. Osberht was killed during the battle. Aelle was captured and executed, allegedly by being subjected to the blood eagle as revenge for his killing Ragnar Lothbork.
867 (during)
Ivar the Boneless, leader of the Great Heathen army, claimed victory over Northumbria and installed Ecgbert as puppet King.
868 (around)
King Aethelred I married Wulfthryth, it is thought she came from Wiltshire.
868 (during)
A son Aethelhelm, was born to Aethelred and Wulfthryth.
868 (during)
Aethelred’s younger brother Alfred married Ealhswith, daughter of a Mercian noble strengthening ties with Mercia.
868 (during)
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)
869 (around)
A son, Aethelwold, was born to King Aethelred and Wulfthryth.
869 (Autumn)
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 – Mar 9, 2020 @ 5:58 pm

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2016 – 2020). English History 860 – 869. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/english-history-860-869. Last accessed [date]