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AETHELWULF KING OF ENGLAND

                              806 To January 13, 858

From:  http://www.allen-bailey.com/jsbailey/d210.htm#P12535

∆thelwulf King Of WESSEX was born about 806 in Wessex, England. He died on 13 Jan 857 in England.
∆thelwulf was the son of Egbert and a sub-king of Kent. He assumed the throne of Wessex upon his father's death in 839. His reign is characterized by the usual Viking invasions and repulsions common to all English rulers of the time, but the making of war was not his chief claim to fame. ∆thelwulf is remembered, however dimly, as a highly religious man who cared for the establishment and preservation of the church. He was also a wealthy man and controlled vast resources. Out of these resources, he gave generously, to Rome and to religious houses who were in need.

He was an only child, himself, but had fathered five sons, by his first wife, Osburga. He recognized that there could be difficulties with contention over the succession. He devised a scheme which would guarantee (insofar as it was possible to do so) that each child would have his turn on the throne without having to worry about rival claims from his siblings. ∆thelwulf provided that the oldest living child would succeed to the throne and would control all the resources of the crown, without having them divided among the others, so that he would have adequate resources to rule. That he was able to provide for the continuation of his dynasty is a matter of record, but he was not able to guarantee familial harmony with his plan. This is proved by what we know of the foul plottings of his son, ∆thelbald, while ∆thelwulf was on pilgrimage to Rome in 855.

∆thelwulf was a wise and capable ruler, whose vision made possible the beneficial reign of his youngest son, Alfred the Great.

∆ethelwulf is our 36th Great Grandfather
Parents: Egbert King Of WESSEX [King/England] and Redburh Queen of WESSEX.

He was married to Osburgh Queen Of WESSEX about 830. Children were: ∆thelstan King Of KENT, ESSEX AND SUSSEX , ∆thelbald King Of WESSEX, ∆thelred I King Of WESSEX, ∆thelswith Queen Of MERCIA, Alfred "The Great" King Of ENGLAND.

He was married to Judith Princess Of The West FRANKS [Queen of England] on 1 Oct 856 in England.