Biography of King Æthelstan of Kent -852

Paternal Family Tree: Wessex

King Æthelstan of Kent was born to King Æthelwulf of Wessex and Osburgh Queen Consort Wessex. There is some confusion as to whether he was Æthelwulf's son with some versions of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle stating he was Æthelwulf's brother.

In or before 838 [his father] King Æthelwulf of Wessex and [his mother] Osburgh Queen Consort Wessex were married. She by marriage Queen Consort Wessex. He the son of Egbert King Wessex (age 64).

In 839 King Æthelstan of Kent was appointed King of Kent by his father [his father] King Æthelwulf of Wessex.

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. 839. Text 836AD. This year died [his grandfather] King Egbert (age 66). Him Offa, King of Mercia, and Bertric, the West-Saxon king, drove out of England into France three years before he was king. Bertric assisted Offa because he had married his daughter. Egbert (age 66) having afterwards returned, reigned thirty-seven winters and seven months. Then [his father] Ethelwulf, the son of Egbert, succeeded to the West-Saxon kingdom; and he gave his son Athelstan the kingdom of Kent, and of Essex, and of Surrey, and of Sussex.

In 839 [his grandfather] Egbert King Wessex (age 66) died. His son [his father] King Æthelwulf of Wessex succeeded King Wessex.

Assers Life of Alfred 851. 851. 6. Defeat of the Danes at Sandwich.17 In that same year Æthelstan and Ealdorman Ealhere slew a large army of the heathen in Kent, at a place called Sandwich [Map], and took nine ships of their fleet, the others escaping by flight.

Note 17. From the Chronicle.

Battle of Ockley

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. 851. This year Alderman Ceorl, with the men of Devonshire, fought the heathen army at Wemburg [Map], and after making great slaughter obtained the victory. The same year King Athelstan and Alderman Elchere fought in their ships, and slew a large army at Sandwich [Map] in Kent, taking nine ships and dispersing the rest. The heathens now for the first time remained over winter in the Isle of Thanet [Map]. The same year came three hundred and fifty ships into the mouth of the Thames; the crew of which went upon land, and stormed Canterbury, Kent [Map] and London; putting to flight Bertulf, king of the Mercians, with his army; and then marched southward over the Thames into Surrey. Here [his father] Ethelwulf and his son [his brother] Ethelbald, at the head of the West-Saxon army, fought with them at Ockley [Map], and made the greatest slaughter of the heathen army that we have ever heard reported to this present day. There also they obtained the victory.

In 852 King Æthelstan of Kent died. He may have been buried at Winchester Old Minster.

Royal Ancestors of King Æthelstan of Kent -852

Kings Wessex: Son of King Æthelwulf of Wessex

Ancestors of King Æthelstan of Kent -852

Great x 4 Grandfather: Ingild Wessex

Great x 3 Grandfather: Eoppa Wessex

Great x 2 Grandfather: Eafa Wessex

Great x 1 Grandfather: Ealmund King of Kent

GrandFather: Egbert King Wessex

Father: King Æthelwulf of Wessex

King Æthelstan of Kent

GrandFather: Oslac

Mother: Osburgh Queen Consort Wessex