Person:Æthelstan of Wessex (1)

Æthelstan of Wessex abt 0820 and 0826 0851 and 0855
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Name Æthelstan of Wessex
Alt Name Athelstan , Kent, Essex and Sussex
Gender Male
Birth[3] bet abt 0820 and 0826 House of Wessex
Death[1][5] bet 0851 and 0855
Ancestral File Number[1] Q3562315?

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Æthelstan (died c. 852), the eldest son of King Æthelwulf of Wessex, was the King of Kent from 839 under the authority of his father. The late D, E and F versions of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle describe Æthelstan as Æthelwulf's brother, but the A, B and C versions, and Æthelweard's Chronicon, state that he was Æthelwulf's son. Some historians have argued that it is more probable that he was a brother, including Eric John in 1966 and Ann Williams in 1978. However, in 1991 Ann Williams described him as Æthelwulf's son, and this is now generally accepted by historians, including Frank Stenton,[1] Barbara Yorke, and D. P. Kirby.

When Æthelwulf became King of the West Saxons in 839 on the death of his father, Egbert, he appointed Æthelstan to rule over Kent, Essex, Surrey and Sussex. He is styled king in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and Æthelweard's chronicle calls him "King of the Dwellers in Kent, of the East Saxons, of the South Saxons and of Surrey". He attested a number of his father's charters as king in the 840s.

In 851, Æthelstan and Ealdorman Ealhhere defeated a Viking fleet and army at Sandwich, Kent, described by Frank Stenton as "the first naval battle in recorded English history". Ealhhere's death in battle against Vikings is recorded c. 853. Æthelstan is not mentioned after 851 and presumably died before Æthelwulf went to Rome in 855 as he was not included in arrangements for government of the kingdom during his father's absence.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Æthelstan of Wessex, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2.   Æthelstan, Sub-King in Kent, Essex, Sussex and Surrey, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
  3. ÆTHELSTAN, in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.
  4.   Ecgbeorht, in Baldwin, Stewart, and Todd Farmerie. The Henry Project (King Henry II ): Ancestors of King Henry II.
  5. Æðelstan (?), in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
  6.   Æthelstan 3 (Male), in The Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England.
  7.   Cawley and Baldwin discuss the disagreement in sources about whether Æthelstan was a son of Æthelwulf or Æthelwulf's father Ecgbeorht. The sources seem to better support that he was the son of Æthelwulf, and the chronology Ecgbeorht. Cawley and Baldwin suggest that if he was the son of Æthelwulf, then, due to chronology, he likely had a different mother from Ælfred.