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King Egbert of Wessex

King Egbert of Wessex

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Egbert of Wessex was also known as:

Egbert the Saxon; sometimes spelled Ecgberht or Ecgbryh. Has been called "the first king of all England" and "the first king of all the English."

Egbert of Wessex was noted for:

Helping to make Wessex such a powerful kingdom that England was eventually unified around it. Because he was accepted as king in Essex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex and for a time also managed to conquer Mercia, he has been called "the first king of all England."

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    Born: c. 770
    Died: 839

About Egbert of Wessex:

In 789, the West Saxon king Beorhtric and the Mercian king Offa drove Egbert into exile, and he may have spent some time at the court of Charlemagne. A few years later he returned to Britain, where his subsequent activities for the next decade remain a mystery. In 802, he succeeded Beorhtric as king of Wessex and removed the kingdom from the Mercian confederation, establishing himself as an independent ruler.

In 825, Egbert defeated the Mercian king Beornwulf at the Battle of Ellendune. This victory altered the balance of power in England, raising the power of Wessex at the expense of Mercia. Four years later he would conquer Mercia, but in 830 he lost it to Wiglaf. Still, Egbert's power base was unrivaled in England during his lifetime, and in 829 he was proclaimed "Bretwalda," ruler of all Britain.

More Egbert Resources:

Egbert of Wessex in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
Egbert of Wessex in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle,
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