Father – unknown
Mother – unknown
Spouse – unknown
Children – unknown
Aelle became king of Northumbria after deposing Osberht
who may have been his brother.
Aelle seized church lands in Billingham, Ileclif, Wigeclife and Crece.
The legendary Viking Ragnar Lothbrok
was shipwrecked off the Northumbrian coast. King Aelle immediately marched, defeated the Viking army and took Ragnar prisoner.
Ragnar was captured and killed by King Aelle of Northumbria who threw him into a pit of snakes.
The Great Heathen army marched north and invaded Northumbria.
866 (1st November)
The Great Heathen Army took Jorvik (York) and used it as a base to make raids into Mercia.
867 (21st March)
Aelle made an alliance with 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.
Published Jan 21, 2019 @ 1:45 pm – Updated –
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Heather Y Wheeler. (2019). King Aelle of Northumbria d 867. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/king-aelle-of-northumbria-d-867/ Last Accessed June 16th, 2019