Æthelwold was a son of King Alfred the Great's older brother,
Æthelred, who was King of Wessex from 865 to 871. While the West Saxons
were fighting a Danish Viking invasion, Æthelred died; his sons were
infants, so Alfred became king. He defeated the Vikings at the Battle of
Edington in 878, but when he died in 899 the Vikings still controlled
Northumbria and East Anglia. In his will (pictured) Alfred favoured his
own children over his brother's. Æthelwold, as senior ætheling (prince
of the royal dynasty eligible for kingship), had a strong claim to the
throne, and he disputed the crown with Alfred's son, Edward the Elder.
Æthelwold attempted to raise an army to support his claim, but was
unable to get sufficient support to meet Edward in battle and fled to
Northumbria, where he was accepted by the Danes as king. In 902 he
persuaded the East Anglian Vikings to launch an attack on Edward's
territory in Wessex and Mercia. Edward retaliated with a raid on East
Anglia, and when he withdrew, his men from Kent lingered and met the
East Anglian Danes at the Battle of the Holme. The Danes were victorious
but suffered heavy losses, including the death of Æthelwold, ending the
challenge to Edward's rule.
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