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Æthelwold or Alwaldus (died 13 December 902) was the younger of two known sons of Æthelred, the king of Wessex from 865 to 871. Æthelred ended his reign fighting a Viking invasion, and he suffered several defeats shortly before his death. His sons were too young to carry on the resistance against the Vikings, and he was succeeded by his younger brother, Alfred the Great.
After Alfred's death in 899, Æthelwold disputed the throne with Alfred's son, Edward the Elder. Æthelwold attempted to raise an army to support his claim, but he was unable to get sufficient support to meet Edward in battle, and he fled to Viking controlled Northumbria, where he was accepted as king. In 901 he sailed with a fleet to East Anglia, which was also then part of the Danelaw. The following year he persuaded the East Anglian Danes to launch an attack on Edward's territory in Wessex and Mercia. Edward retaliated by a raid on East Anglia, but when he retreated the men of Kent lingered and met the Danes at the Battle of the Holme on 13 December 902. The Danes were victorious, but suffered heavy losses, including the death of Æthelwold, ending the challenge to Edward's rule.