Ethelwulf


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Ethelwulf

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died 858 ad, king of Wessex (839--858)
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The Ethelwulf had been built in 1903 by Smiths Docks Company in North Shields and had been employed by the Admiralty during the war as a minesweeper.
On his return, Ethelwulf found himself not only challenged for rule over part of his kingdom by his oldest son, but also having to deal with the increasing menace of Danish raids on Saxon territory.
The second oldest son of Ethelwulf, and so an older brother of Alfred (later the Great); shared responsibility for ruling Wessex with his father as early as 847; together with Ethelwulf, won a great victory over the Danes at the bloody battle of Oakley (851); ruler of Wessex during his father's absence on pilgrimage to Rome (854-856); when his father returned married to Judith, daughter of King Charles of France, he quarreled with his father and refused to relinquish the throne, keeping control of the western (and richer) portion of the kingdom (856); after Ethelwulf's death, persuaded his younger brother Ethelbert to let him rule all Wessex as one kingdom, and married his father's widow, Judith (858); died in 860.
On December 1, 1918, just after the war's end, the trawlers Ethelwulf and TW Mould from the North Shields fleet were lost when they burst into flames after two explosions.
The fourth son of Ethelwulf, he became king of Wessex on the death of his elder brother Ethelbert (865); together with his younger brother Alfred (later King Alfred the Great), he led an army into Mercia to oppose the Danes, but withdrew when a truce was declared (868); again at war with the Danes (November?