Aethelred I

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Aethelred I (d. 871) king of the West Saxons


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Was the son of Aethelwald Moll, who had reigned 759–65. He drove out Ahlred in 774, but his period of effective rule was brief. By 779 he had himself been driven out, and though he was restored in 790, he was killed ‘by his own court’, probably at Corbridge, on 19 April 796. He is said to have been avenged by his minister Torhtmund, who slew the murderer. It is also reported that he put away his first wife, possibly to facilitate a grand second marriage on 29 September 792 to Aelfflaed, daughter of Offa of Mercia. Meanwhile, in 793 Lindisfarne's monastery was destroyed by a Viking raiding party.

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