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Wiglaf

(d. 840) king of the Mercians


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(d. 840),

king of Mercia (827–9 and 830–40). Wiglaf came to power in 827 at a time when several cadet lines were competing for the throne and, perhaps to help consolidate his position, he married Ælfflæd, the daughter of Ceolwulf I. In 829 Wiglaf was expelled by King Egbert of Wessex who had already greatly reduced Mercian control south of the Thames. Egbert ruled Mercia for a year, but Wiglaf returned in 830 and reasserted Mercian control in Middlesex and Berkshire. Wiglaf was the only one of his line to rule; his grandson Wigstan was murdered by the son of Wiglaf's successor Beorhtwulf.

Subjects: British History.


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