|King of Wessex|
|Died||23 April 871, Wimborne. Dorset|
|Successor||Alfred the Great|
|Father||Æthelwulf of Wessex|
King Æthelred of Wessex (Old English: Æþelræd, sometimes rendered as Ethelred, "noble counsel") (c. 840 – 23 April 871) was the fourth son of King Æthelwulf, and an older brother of Alfred the Great. He succeeded his brother, Æthelberht (Ethelbert), as King of Wessex and Kent in 865. He married Wulfrida and had two sons, Æthelwold, the elder, and Æthelhelm, the younger.
Æthelred was not able to control the increasing Danish raids on England. On 4 January 871 at the Battle of Reading, Ethelred suffered a heavy defeat. Although Æthelred was able to re-form his army in time to win a victory at the Battle of Ashdown, he suffered another defeat on 22 January at the Battle of Basing, and was killed at the Battle of Merton on 23 April 871.
Æthelred of WessexBorn: c. 837 Died: 23 April 871
Alfred the Great
|King of Kent
|Egbert of Wessex||Æthelwulf||Æthelred of Wessex|
Ethelbert or Æþelberht of Wessex (meaning "Magnificent Noble") was the third son of Ethelwulf of Wessex and was born around 835. He got his first taste of kingship in 855 when he was left in charge of Kent while his father, Ethelwulf, was in Rome. His brother Ethelbald was left in charge of the West Saxons. After his father and brother's deaths he succeeded his brother, Ethelbald of Wessex, as King of Wessex in 860. Ethelwulf seems to have intended Ethelbert to establish a cadet branch of West Saxon kings in Kent. However, when Ethelbald died in 860, the kingship of the West Saxons passed to Ethelbert, probably because both his younger brothers, Ethelred and Alfred, were too young to lead a country facing Viking attacks.