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Ethelred of Wessex

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Ethelred I
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Rank: 5th
Ruled: 865-871
Predecessor: Ethelbert
Date of Birth: 837
Place of Birth: Wessex, England
Wife: Wulfrida
Buried: Wimborne
Date of Death: 871
Parents: Ethelwulf and Osburga

King Ethelred I (c. 837April 23, 871) was a son of Ethelwulf of Wessex. He succeeded his brother, Ethelbert of Wessex, as King of Wessex in about 865. He had two sons, Aethelwald being the elder. Ethelred I was not able to control the increasing Danish raids which devastated England. On January 4, 871 at the Battle of Reading Ethelred defeated a Danish invasion army. However, he was killed at the Battle of Merton on April 23, 871 and is buried at Wimborne in Dorset. Following his death, he was popularly regarded as a saint, but never canonised. He was succeeded by his brother, King Alfred the Great.


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