King Aethelberht of Wessex 836 – 865

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Aethelberht of Wessex

Father – Aethelwulf
Mother – Osburgh
Spouse – Unmarried
Children – No children
King of Wessex – 860 – 865
Predecessor – Aethelbald
Successor – Aethelred I



836 (around)
A son, Aethelberht, was born to Aethelwulf and Osburgh.
836 (during)
The Vikings attacked North Devon and Somerset. Aethelbert’s grandfather, Egbert tried to defeat them at the Battle of Carhampton but he was forced to retreat.
838 (around)
Aethelberht’s sister, Aethelswitha, was born to Aethelwulf and Osburgh.
838 (during)
Aethelberht’s grandfather, Egbert, fought a combined force of Vikings and Cornishmen at the Battle of Hingston Down and was victorious.
839 (February)
Aethelberht’s father, Aethelwulf, became King of Wessex when King Egbert died.
839 (June)
Aethelberht’s father, Aethelwulf was crowned at Kingston-upon-Thames.
839 (Summer)
Aethelberht’s brother, Aethelstan, was created subregulus of Kent, Essex and Sussex.
840 (around)
Aethelberht’s brother, Aethelred, was born to Aethelwulf and Osburgh.
840 (around)
The Vikings began making raids along the South coast of England.
843 (Easter)
Aethelberht’s father, Aethelwulf was defeated by a Viking force at Carhampton.
849 (around)
Aethelberht’s brother, Alfred, was born to Aethelwulf and Osburgh at Wantage, Berkshire.
850 (during)
A Viking raiding force was defeated by Aethelberht’s brother Aethelstan in a naval battle off Sandwich, Kent.
851 (during)
Aethelberht’s father, Aethelwulf, fought a Danish force at Acleah in Surrey and was victorious.
852 (during)
Aethelberht’s eldest brother, Aethelstan, died.
853 (during)
Aethelberht’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)
Aethelberht’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)
Aethelberht’s mother, Osburgh, died.
855 (during)
Aethelberht became subregulus of Kent when his brother, Aethelbald, became regent of Wessex when his father, Aethelwulf and youngest brother, Alfred, went on a pilgrimage to Rome.
856 (July)
Aethelwulf King of Wessex was betrothed to Judith, daughter of Charles, King of the Franks.
856 (1st October)
Aethelberht’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)
Aethelberht’s brother, Aethelbald, became King of Wessex when their father Aethelwulf died.
860 (during)
Aethelberht’s brother, Aethelbald, shocked church elders and the ealdormen by marrying his stepmother.
860 (20th December)
Aethelberht became King of Wessex when his brother, Aethelbald, died in Sherbourne.
861 (during)
Aethelberht was crowned at Kingston-upon-Thames.
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.
865 (Autumn)
Aethelberht died. He was succeeded by his brother Aethelred.



Published Jan 29, 2018 @ 1:04 pm – Updated – Jan 25, 2019 @ 1:58 pm


Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2018). Aethelberht of Wessex 836 – 866. Available: Last accessed June 23rd, 2019


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