King of Wessex. Born the eldest son of Aethelwulf of Wessex. Father and son defeated the Danes at Aclea in 851. After the death of his mother, Ethelbald was left regent while Aethelwulf went on a pilgrimage to Rome. On his father's return in 856 Ethelbald apparently fell in love with his father's new bride, Judith, daughter of Charles the Bald of the Franks. Ethelbald then rebelled against his father and took the kingdom of Wessex, which he then ruled until his death. About 858 Aethelwulf died and Ethelbald married his widowed stepmother. The church was outraged and forced an annulment the grounds of consanguinity. Ethelbald died two years later.
Bio by: Iola