Æthelbald, King of Wessex (died 860) was the second of five sons of
King Æthelwulf of Wessex. Æthelbald's elder brother Æthelstan
defeated the Vikings in 850 in the first recorded sea battle in English
history, and probably died in the early 850s. The next year Æthelwulf
and Æthelbald inflicted another defeat on the Vikings at the Battle of
Aclea. In 855 Æthelwulf went on pilgrimage to Rome and appointed
Æthelbald king of Wessex, while Æthelberht, the next oldest son,
became king of Kent, which had been conquered by Wessex thirty years
earlier. Æthelbald refused to give up his throne when his father
returned to England in 856, and continued as king either of west Wessex
or the whole territory until his father died in 858. Æthelbald then
married his father's widow, Judith, a great-granddaughter of
Charlemagne, to the scandal of later monastic chroniclers, and ruled
Wessex until his own death. Æthelberht now re-united Wessex and Kent
under his sole rule and they were never again divided.
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