King Osberht of Northumbria Timeline d 867

Born – 848
Died – 21st March 867
Father – unknown
Mother – unknown
Spouse – unknown
Children – unknown



848 (around)
Osberht became King of Northumbria after Aethelred, son of Eanred, was murdered.
855 (around)
Osberht seized Wercewurde and Tillemuthe from the church.
862 (around)
Osberht was deposed by Aelle who became king of Northumbria. Aelle may have been Osberht’s brother.
865 (around)
The legendary Viking, Ragnar Lothbrok, was shipwrecked off the Northumbrian coast. King Aelle immediately marched to the coast where he defeated the Viking army and took Ragnar prisoner.
865 (during)
Ragnar was killed by King Aelle of Northumbria who threw him into a pit of snakes. This act led to the formation of the Great Heathen Army by the sons of Ragnar who swore to avenge the death of their father.
865 (during)
The sons of Ragnar, Ivar the Boneless, Ubba, Halfdan and Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye landed in East Anglia with the Great Heathen Army to avenge the death of their father.
866 (during)
The Great Heathen army marched north and invaded Northumbria.
866 (1st November)
The Great Heathen Army took Jorvik (York) and used it as a base to make raids into Mercia.
867 (21st March)
Osberht and Aelle put aside their differences and made an alliance. Together they marched to expel the Vikings from York. They were badly defeated and Osberht was killed during the battle.


Published Jan 22, 2019 @ 3:15 pm – Updated – [last-modified]

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2019 – 2020). King Osberht of Northumbria d 867.


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