Aethelwulf (Ethelwulf)

d. 858

Aethelwulf ruled as King of Wessex from 839-856, and it was during his reign that the first major Danish invasions of England took place. The initial conflicts did not go well for Aethelwulf; he lost a sea battle to the Danes in 842, but regrouped and soundly defeated the Danes at the Battle of Aclea in 851.

Aethelwulf was well known for his religious fervour, so perhaps it should have come as no surprise that in 856 he stepped aside as king and allowed his son Aethelbald to take the throne - though it seems equally likely that by doing so he hoped to avoid the turmoil of civil war between supporters of Aethelbald and his own loyal followers. He died only two years after abdicating.

Time period(s): Saxon

Tags: Aethelwulf   Aethelbald   Mercia   Battle of Aclea  


History
Prehistory - Roman Britain - Dark Ages - Medieval Britain - The Tudor Era - The Stuarts - Georgian Britain - The Victorian Age

History of England - History of Wales - London History



Attraction search
in



National Trust

National Trust membership

National Trust membership

Free entry to National Trust properties throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, plus discounted admission to National Trust for Scotand properties.

Membership details

About the National Trust


HISTORY CORNER
Name the mystery historic attraction
See larger image



This first president of the Royal Academy was the foremost portrait painter of the late 18th century



14 July, 1918

Ration books instituted

Sugar, meat, lard, butter, and margerine are subject to rationing

This king was beheaded at Whitehall on 30 January, 1649



Passionate about British Heritage!