KIng Aethelred I of Kent & Wessex of Wessex 611
- Born: Cir 830, Wessex England
- Marriage (1): Wulfrida
- Died: 23 Apr 871, Merton, Torrington, Devon England aged about 41 611
Noted events in his life were:
source. Mary-Ann Cook who writes:
King Ethelred I (Old English: Ĉŝelrĉd) was the fourth son of Ethelwulf of Wessex. He succeeded his brother, Ethelbert, as King of Wessex and Kent in 865. He married Wulfrida and had two sons, Aethelwold being the elder and Aethelhelm being the younger. Ethelred I was not able to control the increasing Danish raids which devastated England. On January 4, 871 at the Battle of Reading, Ethelred suffered a crushing defeat, although he did hand the Danes a Pyrrhic victory. Soon after, however, Ethelred was able to re-form his army in time to win a stunning victory at Ashdown. However, he suffered another defeat on January 22 at the Battle of Basing and was killed at the Battle of Merton on April 23, 871.
Ethelred 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.
Ethelred is not to be confused with the later king Ethelred the Unready.
Aethelred married someone Wulfrida. (Wulfrida was born circa 1840.)