King Aethelbald of Wessex 834 – 860

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Short Biography

Aethelbald was born around 834 and died 20th December 860. He was the second son of King Aethelwulf of Wessex and elder brother to King Alfred the Great. In 852, Aethelbald’s elder brother Aethelstan died and he became heir.

Aethelbald became regent of Wessex when his father went on a pilgrimage to Rome. His father returned with a new wife, Judith of Flanders, daughter of Charles, King of the Franks. It is unclear whether Aethelwulf took up the rule of Wessex independently or whether he shared it with his son. On 13th January 858 Aethelbald succeeded his father as King and then shocked church elders by marrying his stepmother, Judith. He died on 20th December 860 and, as he had no children, was succeeded by his brother Aethelberht.

Published Jan 31, 2017 @ 4:26 pm – Updated – Jul 4, 2020 @ 12:34 am

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Heather Y Wheeler. (2017 – 2020). King Aethelbald of Wessex 834 – 860. Available: https://www.treesofblue.com/aethelbald-of-wessex-d-860. Last accessed September 30th, 2021