"Chronologia Anglo-Saxonica," or "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle," was first published at Cambridge, England, in 1644 by Professor Wheloc and was less than 62 pages, exclusive of the Latin appendix.
An improved edition by Edmund Gibson, later Bishop of London, was printed at Oxford in 1692 and has nearly four times the quantity of the former; but is very far from being the entire chronicle. Ingram's edition of 1823 relies on Wheloc, Gibson, and original text, but modernizes language and summarizes footnotes. Ingram's edition, a chronology beginning in 1 A.D., describes how England was ruled before 802 A.D.
The chronicle is a a diary compiled by anonymous scribes over several years and reflects world history as they knew it.
House of Wessex -- Reigned: 858-860 A.D.
Died: 860 A.D.
While his father, Ęthelwulf, was on pilgrimage to Rome in 855, Ęthelbald plotted with the Bishop of Sherbourne and the ealdorman of Somerset against him. The specific details of the plot are unknown, but upon his return from Rome, Ęthelwulf found his direct authority limited to the sub-kingdom of Kent, while Ęthelbald controlled Wessex.
Ęthelwulf died in 858, and full control passed to Ęthelbald. Perhaps Ęthelbald's premature power grab was occasioned by impatience, or greed, or lack of confidence in his father's succession plans. Whatever the case, he did not live long to enjoy it. He died in 860, passing the throne to his brother, Ęthelbert, just as Ęthelwulf had planned.
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