Whose ancestry is unknown, became king after the murder of Oswulf in 759, ‘elected by his people’ according to the continuator of Bede. On 1 November 762 he was married at Catterick to Aethelthryth. The previous year he had gained a victory near Melrose over Oswine, presumably a rival candidate for the throne, and possibly the second son of Eadberht. The British Museum has two coins struck by Ecgberht, archbishop of York, but bearing Aethelwald's name. He was said by the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle to have abdicated after six years, but Symeon of Durham implied that he was driven out (amisit).
Subjects: British History.