English History 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 AethelbaldĀ 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.
863 (during)
Aelle challenged Osbert for the rule of the kingdom of Northumbria and won.
865 (during)
The Great Heathen Army led by the sons of the legendary 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 (during)
The two rivals, Aelle and Osberht 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.
868 (around)
Aethelred married Wulfthryth, possibly of Wiltshire.
868 (during)
A son Aethelhelm, was born to Aethelred and Wulfthryth.
868 (during)
Aethelred’s 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)
The Great Heathen Army led by Ivar the Boneless returned to East Anglia. King Edmund of East Anglia decided to oppose the Vikings and was horrifically killed
869 (around)
A son, Aethelwold, was born to 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 – Sep 13, 2019 @ 12:18 am


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 November 21st, 2019