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Aethelberht

(c. 795—865) king of the West Saxons


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Succeeded his brother Aethelbald in 860, having previously ruled as a sub-king. During his reign, a Viking band is said to have raided Winchester but to have been driven off. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle says that otherwise he ruled ‘in good peace and in great tranquillity’, and Asser confirms that he ‘governed in peace, love, and honour’. However, he died in 865, and was buried with his brother at Sherborne.

From The Kings and Queens of Britain in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.


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