Egbert, King of England

Egbert, King of England

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 775 1
          Death: Aft November 19, 838 1
 Cause of Death: 
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         Father: Ealhmund, King of Kent

Spouses and Children
1. *Raedburh
       Marriage: Abt 805 2
                1. Aethelwulf , King of England

Egbert was King of Wessex, 802-827, and was the first King of all England,
Egbert formed around Wessex a kingdom so powerful that it eventually achieved
the political unification of England (mid-10th century). In 789 Egbert was
driven into exile on the Continent by the West Saxon king Beorhtric and his
ally, the powerful Mercian king Offa. Nevertheless, Egbert succeeded to
Beorhtric's throne in 802. He immediately removed Wessex from the Mercian
Confederation and consolidated his power as an independent ruler. In 825 he
decisively defeated Beornwulf, king of Mercia, at the Battle of Ellendune (now
Wroughton, Wiltshire). This victory was a tuning point in English history
because it destroyed Mercian ascendancy and left Wessex the strongest of the
English kingdoms. By virtue of long-dormant hereditary claims, Egbert was
accepted as king in Kent, Sussex, Surrey, and Essex. In 829 he conquered
Mercia itself, but he lost it in the following year to the Mercian king,
Wiglaf. A year before his death Egbert won a stunning victory over Danish and
Cornish Btiton invaders at Hingston Down (now in Cornwall).


1 Ancestral Roots, Frederick Weis, (Seventh Edition 1992,1993 Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, Maryland ISBN 0-8063-1207-6). 2.

2 George Ernest Sawyer.

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