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Æthelwulf of Wessex was the king of Wessex from 839 to 858. 

Biography[]

In 825, his father, King Egbert, defeated King Beornwulf of Mercia, ending a long Mercian dominance over Anglo-Saxon England south of the Humber. Egbert sent Æthelwulf with an army to Kent, where he expelled the Mercian sub-king and was himself appointed sub-king. After 830, Egbert maintained good relations with Mercia, and this was continued by Æthelwulf when he became king in 839, the first son to succeed his father as West Saxon king since 641.

Family[]

This list shows Æthelwulf's family:

  • The † means that the individual is dead.
  • The ° means the individual appears more then once in this list.

Individual Relationship Notice
Children Æthelred of Wessex Son
Alfred of Wessex Son
Grandchildren Æthelflæd of Wessex and Mercia Granddaughter
Edward of Wessex Grandson
Osferth Grandson
Æthelwold of Wessex Grandson
Æthelstan of Wessex Great Grandson
Ædgyth of Wessex and Northumbria Great Granddaughter
Ælfwynn of Mercia Great Granddaughter
Ælfweard of Wessex Great Grandson
Affinity Ælswith of Mercia and Wessex Daughter-in-law

Individual Relationship Notice
Parents Egbert of Kent and Wessex Father
Children Æthelred of Wessex Son
Alfred the Great of Wessex Son
Æthelstan of Wessex and Kent Son
Æthelswith of Wessex and Mercia Daughter
Æthelbald of Wessex Son
Æthelberht of Wessex Son
Significant Other(s) Osburh of Wessex Wife
Judith of Flanders and Wessex Wife °
Grandchildren Æthelflæd of Wessex and Mercia Granddaughter
Edward the Elder of Wessex Grandson
Æthelgifu of Wessex and Shaftesbury Granddaughter Alfred
Æthelweard of Wessex Grandson Alfred
Ælfthryth of Wessex and Flanders Granddaughter Alfred
Osferth of Wessex Grandson ?
Æthelwold of Wessex Grandson
Æthelhelm of Wessex Grandson Æthelred
Æthelstan of Wessex Great Grandson
Ædgyth of Wessex and York Great Granddaughter
Ælfwynn of Mercia Great Granddaughter
Ælfweard of Wessex Great Grandson
Edwin of Wessex Great Grandson Edward
Æthelhild of Wessex and Wilton Abbey Great Granddaughter Edward
Eadgifu of Wessex and the West Franks Great Granddaughter Edward
Eadflæd of Wessex and Wilton Abbey Great Granddaughter Edward
Eadhild of Wessex and the Franks Great Granddaughter Edward
Eadgyth of Wessex and the East Franks Great Granddaughter Edward
Ælfgifu of Wessex Great Granddaughter Edward
Edmund of Wessex Great Grandson Edward
Eadred of Wessex Great Grandson Edward
Eadburh of Wessex and Winchester Great Granddaughter Edward
Æthelwine of Wessex Great Grandson Æthelweard
Ælfwine of Wessex Great Grandson Æthelweard
Arnulf of Flanders Great Grandson Ælfthryth
Adalulf of Flanders and Boulogne Great Grandson Ælfthryth
Ealswid of Flanders Great Granddaughter Ælfthryth
Ermentrud of Flanders Great Granddaughter Ælfthryth
Affinity Ælswith of Mercia and Wessex Daughter-in-law
Wulfthryth of Wessex Daughter-in-law Æthelred
Burghred of Mercia Son-in-law Æthelswith
Judith of Flanders and Wessex Daughter-in-law ° Æthelbald
Oslac  Father-in-law Osburh

Trivia[]

  • This character has been based on a real historical figure of Æthelwulf.
  • His wife Osburh (or Osburga), was the daughter of Oslac, the Pincerna (Latin: butler) of Æthelwulf's court.
  • The name Æthelwulf or Æðelwulf comes from Old English. The name is made up of the words æthel, which means "noble", and wulf, which means "wolf".
  • Æthelwulf was a noble; he was born a prince of Wessex, son of King Ecgberht, and later succeeded his father as king.
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