Aethelstan of Kent Family Tree d.852

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Short Biography

Aethelstan of Kent was the son of King Aethelwulf of Wessex and his second wife, Osburh. He was appointed as the sub-king of Kent in 839, following the death of his grandfather Egbert.

During his reign, Aethelstan of Kent faced threats from the Viking invasions that were plaguing much of England. He is known to have fought against Viking raiders in several battles and is believed to have been killed in battle in 851.

His death was a significant blow to Kentish independence, as the kingdom was subsequently absorbed into the expanding kingdom of Wessex under the rule of Aethelstan’s father, King Aethelwulf.


First published 2017; updated and republished March 6th 2023 @ 9:53 pm – Updated – Mar 6, 2023 @ 9:58 pm

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2017 – 2023). Aethelstan of Kent Family Tree d. 852. Available: Last accessed September 9th, 2023