Who Was the First King of England?


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The first king of England was Egbert, who reigned from 827 to 839. He was the first monarch to create a stable rule over Anglo-Saxon England, some 25 years after he regained his kingdom of Wessex. He controlled the portion of England south of the Humber after conquering Mercia.

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Egbert's son, Aethelwulf, took over as king when Egbert died at the age of 70. This was a year after Egbert was officially recognized as "Bretwalda," an Anglo-Saxon term meaning "Ruler of the British." Aethelwulf was the father of Alfred the Great and Althelstan, who fought the world's first naval battle against the Danes.

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