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Ethelbald - 856-860

Ethelbald was the eldest son of Ethelwulf and and Osburgh of Oslac. He took over his father's authority in 855 and married Judith (she was still only fifteen), daughter of Charles the Bald, king of the Franks, who was also his stepmother, which shocked his contemporaries, who regarded the marriage as incestuous.

Like his father, Ethelbald was crowned at Kingston upon Thamesthough his reign and marriage lasted only two and a half years before he died. Ethelbald was buried at Sherborne Abbey in Dorset in 860.



 
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