Æthelberht was the King of Wessex from 860 until his death in 865. He
was the third son of King Æthelwulf and his first wife, Osburh. In 855
Æthelwulf went on pilgrimage to Rome and appointed Æthelberht as king
of the recently conquered territory of Kent. Æthelberht's older
brother, Æthelbald, was named king of Wessex. After the deaths of his
father in 858 and his brother in 860, Æthelberht ruled both Wessex and
Kent without appointing a sub-king, fully uniting the two territories
for the first time. According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, he reigned
"in good harmony and in great peace". He appears to have been on good
terms with his younger brothers, the future kings Æthelred I and
Alfred the Great. The kingdom came under attack from Viking raids during
his reign, but these were minor compared to the invasions after his
death. Æthelberht died in the autumn of 865 and was buried next to his
brother Æthelbald at Sherborne Abbey in Dorset. He was succeeded by
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