Ælfræd King of Wessex

Male 846 - Abt 899  (53 years)


Personal Information    |    Notes    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name , Ælfræd 
    Suffix King of Wessex 
    Born 846  Wantage Oxfordshire England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 25 Oct 899 
    Buried Newminster Abbey Winchester Hampshire England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I9580  GrangerMusgrave
    Last Modified 30 Mar 2015 

    Father Æðelwulf King of Wessex,   b. Abt 795,   d. 13 Jan 858  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Mother Osburga,   d. Abt 850 
    Married 830 
    Family ID F6722  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Eahlwið Princess of Mercia,   d. 5 Dec 905, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 868 
    Children 
     1. Eadweard I King of Wessex,   b. 871, Wantage Dorset England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 924  (Age 53 years)
     2. Ælfthryth Princess of Wessex,   b. 872, Wessex England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 929, Flanders Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 18 Mar 2009 
    Family ID F6701  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Ælfræd King of Wessex also went by the nick-name of Alfred 'the Great' (?).
      He succeeded to the title of King Ælfræd of Wessex on 23 April 871.
      He succeeded to the title of King Ælfræd of Mercia on 23 April 871.
      He helped his brother gain a great victory over the Danes at Ashdown in 871. Alfred organised the army and was the founder of the English Navy. By 877 the Danes had occupied London and reached Gloucester and Exeter but they lost 120 supply ships in a fierce storm off Swanage. In 878 he was forced to hide in Somerset and it was there arose the legend of the burned cakes. He renewed the fight and won a famous victory at Edington in Wiltshire the same year. After the Danes agreed that their king Guthrum should be baptised and Alfred was godfather. Afterwards Guthrum ruled Mercia but acknowledged Alfred as Overlord. The Mercian settlement developed over the next 100 years into the body known as Danelaw. Before that in 879 at Fulham and also near Rochester in 884 other Norse armies landed. Alfred continued fighting until he was the acknowledged champion of the English against the Danes. Alfred was scholarly a writer law-maker pious and also a valiant fighter. Additionally he had a good knowledge of geography. He was a most able administrator and also instituted educational programmes. He founded monasteries and gave a large part of his income to charities.


Home Page |  What's New |  Most Wanted |  Surnames |  Photos |  Histories |  Documents |  Cemeteries |  Places |  Dates |  Reports |  Sources