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III Ecgbert Of Wessex

Male Abt 775 - 839  (~ 64 years)

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  • Name Ecgbert Of Wessex 
    Prefix III 
    Born Abt 775  Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Feb 839 
    Person ID I913  MyTree
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2009 

    Father I EAlhmund Of Kent,   b. Abt 758, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 788  (Age ~ 30 years) 
    Family ID F3831  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Father I EAlhmund Of Kent,   b. Abt 758, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 788  (Age ~ 30 years) 
    Mother wife of EAlhmund I Of Kent 
    Relationship unknown 
    Family ID F4544  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Redburg Of Wessex,   b. 788, Wesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. AEthelwulf Of Wessex,   b. Abt 806, Wantage, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 899, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 93 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F3820  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

     1. Edith Of Wessex,   b. Abt 808, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Athelstan Of Wessex,   b. Abt 810, Wesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F4542  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Notes for King of Egbert of England, King:
      Egbert, King of England (Stuart, Royalty for Commoners, Page 170, Line
      233-41). AKA: Egbert 'the Great'. Born: in 775 in Wessex, England, son
      of Eahlmund=Edmund, King of Kent. Egbert was King of England 827-836,
      King of Wessex in 802 and Under-King of Kent from 784 to 786. Married
      before 806: Redburga=Raedburh N? Died: on 4 Feb 839 in Wessex,
      EGBERT (d. 839) was King of Wessex from 802 until 839. He claimed
      descent from Ingild, a brother of King Ine of Wessex. His father was a
      certain Ealhmund who ruled briefly in Kent c. 784 in opposition to
      Offa of Mercia. When King Cynewulf of Wessex died in 786, Egbert
      disputed with Beorhtric for possession of the king-dom. Beorhtric,
      Offa's protege, came out on top and Egbert departed into exile at the
      Frankish court. On Beorhtric's death in 802 Egbert returned and
      established himself as King of Wessex in a successful revolt against
      Mercian ascendancy.
      Egbert ruled an independent Wessex for the next twenty-three years, of
      which we have little record. This was succeeded by a period of
      frenzied activity. In 825 he Defeated King Beornwulf of Mercia at the
      battle of Ellendun (probably Wroughton in Wiltshire) and immediately
      afterwards sent his son Ethelwulf eastwards to wrest Kent, Surrey,
      Sussex and Essex from Mercian overlordship. He also received an appeal
      for protection from the East Anglians who had rebelled against the
      Mercians. The Mercian empire seemed to be falling apart as rival
      claimants contended for kingship over the next few years. In 829
      Egbert conquered Mercia and went on to lay waste part of Northumbria
      and exact submission and tribute from its king Eanred. For a short
      period he was overlord of all the English kingdoms. But in 830 Mercia
      threw off West Saxon lordship and for the rest of his reign Egbert's
      direct authority was restricted to Wessex and the south east.
      It has sometimes been claimed that Egbert was the first 'King of all
      England'. But this is absurd. The notion is based upon the treat-ment
      of Egbert in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, put together in the form in
      which we have it at the court of Egbert's grandson Alfred and
      concerned above all else to magnify the exploits of the West Saxon
      royal dynasty. Mercian supremacy did not end with Offa. Ninth-century
      Mercia may have been subject to dynastic instability, as which
      Anglo-Saxon kingdom was not? But it could still produce some imposing
      rulers such as Cenwulf (796-821), Wiglaf (827-40) and Beorhtwulf
      (840-52). Further to the north the Northumbrian King Eanred (808-40)
      continued to rule a kingdom stretching from the Humber to the Firth of
      Forth: the submission to Egbert in 829 had no lasting effect.
      Nevertheless, Egbert's reign is an important one. In the first place,
      he consolidated West Saxon domination over the remaining British
      princes of the southwest in a series of campaigns in 815, 825, 830 and
      838. Secondly, his annexation of south-eastern England in 825 was to
      be permanent. Kent became a dependency where West Saxon princes could
      learn the business of kingship: just as Egbert entrusted Kent to his
      son Ethelwulf, so after his accession in 839 Ethelwulf placed his son
      Athelstan in authority there. Egbert and Ethelwulf were at pains to
      cultivate good relations with the archbishops of Canterbury; they had
      learnt the lessons of Offa's failure in this respect. In particular,
      they tried to ensure that the see of Canterbury should be
      well-disposed not just to individual kings of Wessex but to the
      dynasty as a whole; in their own words in a charter of 838, 'that we
      and our heirs for ever afterwards may have firm and unbroken
      friendship from the archbishop and all his successors.' They wanted to
      break free from the snares of dynastic instability and discon-tinuity
      which plagued Mercia, Northumbria and their Frankish neighbours over
      the Channel. That they succeeded in doing so no doubt owed much to
      luck, but also something to shrewd management. Finally, Egbert showed
      that he could cope with new enemies, the Vikings. They ravaged the
      Island of Sheppey in 835, and Defeated him at Carhampton in 836. But
      when in 838 they made common cause with the Britons of the south-west
      Egbert Defeated them at Hingston Down in Cornwall. In the last battle
      of his life, Egbert showed that the Danes were vulnerable.

      Taken from MEDIEVAL HISTORY & CIVILIZATION by Daniel D. McGarry.
      By the ninth century, Wessex had become the strongest of the
      Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. It came to the fore under EGBERT (r.802-839),
      who became Bretwalda and is often reckoned as the first King of
      EGBERT, d. 839, King of Wessex, laid the foundations for the
      ascendancy of WESSEX among the English kingdoms. At first an
      unsuccessful claimant to the Wessex crown, he finally became king in
      802. EGBERT Defeated the Mercian king Beornwulf at Ellandune (825) and
      briefly (828-29) held the kingdom of Mercia itself. He was also
      recognized as king in Kent, Surrey, Sussex, and Essex and received the
      nominal submission of Northumbria. The later years of his reign were
      marked by frequent Danish raids on England.
      Taken from ANNALS AND ANTIQUITIES of The Counties and COUNTYL FAMILIES
      OF WALES by Thomas Nicholas
      With the establishment of the kingdom of Mercia the affairs of
      Flintshire come out to the surface with some distinctness. That before
      this time the Saxons had ravaged these parts is in some measure proved
      by the desolating visit of Austin and the hosts of King Ethelbert to
      Bangor Iscoed in the sixth century. Edwin of Northumbria and Egbert of
      Wessex, also, who had both effected a kind of temporary conquest in
      North Wales, doubtless for a time held Flintshire. But Offa made a
      serious business of the conquest of a portion of the territory, and to
      this day hasleft obvious proofs of his earnestness and determination
      in the rampart of "Offa's Dyke," a line of Defence which cut off from
      the Welsh the best part of the tract now called Flintshire. Whether
      this vallum, remains of which are traceable from near Caergwrle to the
      shore near Holywell, is more properly called "Offa's Dyke" or "Watt's
      Dyke," is a question still sub judice; but be it the one or the other,
      the work is a monument of most strenuous doings, a long scar on the
      face of Flintshire reminding us of the bloody onslaughts of King Offa
      and his Angles.