Ceolwulf II

(fl. c. 864—889) king of the Mercians

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Whose ancestry is not known, was described by the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as ‘a foolish thegn’, set up by the Danes when they overran Mercia c.874. Nevertheless, he granted charters and minted coins. Under 877, the Chronicle reported that the Danes ‘share out’ Mercia, giving a portion to Ceolwulf—presumably the western part. His reign did not last much longer, since by 879 Aethelred II was in control of Mercia.

From The Kings and Queens of Britain in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.

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