thelred ?th?lr?d, ?? [key], d.871, king of Wessex (865?71), son of thelwulf and brother of Alfred. He succeeded his brother thelbert as king of Wessex and as overlord of Kent and possibly of East Anglia. thelred spent his short reign gathering forces to oppose the Danes, who occupied York (866) and ravaged much of England. Alfred was important as his second in command in a series of battles (870?71) and succeeded him in Apr., 871.

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