King Aethelbald of Wessex 834 – 860

Aethelbald of Wessex

Born – c. 834
Died – 20th December 860
FatherKing Aethelwulf (795 – 858)
MotherOsburgh (810 – 855)
SpouseJudith of France (843 – 870)
Children – No children
King of Wessex – 858 – 860
PredecessorAethelwulf – 839 – 858
SuccessorAethelbert – 860 – 865

834 (around)
Aethelbald of Wessex, was born to Aethelwulf and Osburgh.
836 (around)
Aethelbald’s brother, Aethelbert, was born to Aethelwulf and Osburgh.
836 (during)
Battle of Carhampton
The Vikings attacked North Devon and Somerset. Aethelbald’s grandfather, Egbert tried to defeat them but he was forced to retreat.
838 (around)
Aethelbald’s sister, Aethelswitha, was born to Aethelwulf and Osburgh.
838 (during)
Battle of Hingston Down
Aethelbald’s grandfather, Egbert, fought a combined force of Vikings and Cornishmen and was victorious.
839 (February)
Aethelbald’s father, Aethelwulf, became King of Wessex when King Egbert died.
839 (June)
Aethelbald’s father, Aethelwulf was crowned at Kingston-upon-Thames.
839 (Summer)
Aethelbald’s elder brother, Aethelstan, was created subregulus of Kent, Essex and Sussex.
840 (around)
Aethelbald’s brother, Aethelred, was born to Aethelwulf and Osburgh.
840 (around)
The Vikings began making raids along the South coast of England.
843 (Easter)
Aethelbald’s father, Aethelwulf was defeated by a Viking force at Carhampton.
849 (around)
Aethelbald’s brother, Alfred, was born to Aethelwulf and Osburgh at Wantage, Berkshire.
850 (during)
A Viking raiding force was defeated by Aethelbald’s brother Aethelstan in a naval battle off Sandwich, Kent.
851 (during)
Aethelbald’s father, Aethelwulf, fought a Danish force at Acleah in Surrey and was victorious.
852 (during)
Aethelbald’s eldest brother, Aethelstan, died.
853 (during)
Aethelbald’s brother, Alfred, was sent to Rome to be confirmed by the Pope. He may have been accompanied by his brother Aethelred. As a younger son, Alfred was possibly being prepared for a life in the Church.
853 (Easter)
Aethelbald’s sister, Aethelswith, married King Burgred of Mercia, sealing an alliance between Wessex and Mercia.
853 (Autumn)
Aethelwulf and Burgred of Mercia joined forces to defeat the Welsh led by Cyngen ap Cadell.
854 (around)
Aethelbald’s mother, Osburgh, died.
855 (during)
Aethelbald became regent of Wessex when his father, Aethelwulf and youngest brother, Alfred, went on a pilgrimage to Rome. His brother Aethelberht became subregulus of Kent.
856 (July)
Aethelwulf King of Wessex was betrothed to Judith, daughter of Charles, King of the Franks.
856 (1st October)
Aethelbald’s father married Judith, daughter of Charles II, King of the Franks.
856 (October)
Aethelwulf, his new wife, Judith and his youngest son, Alfred returned to Wessex. Aethelwulf may have shared rule with Aethelbald or taken back full control.
858 (13th January)
Aethelbald became King of Wessex when his father Aethelwulf died.
860 (during)
Aethelbald shocked church elders and the ealdormen by marrying his stepmother, Judith.
860 (20th December)
Aethelbald died in Sherbourne. He was succeeded by his brother Aethelbert.


Published Jan 29, 2018 @ 12:16 pm – Updated – Jul 4, 2020 @ 12:11 am

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Heather Y Wheeler. (2018 – 2020). King Aethelbald of Wessex 834 – 860. Available: Last accessed October 10th, 2021