c.779 - 839
King of Wessex

Egbert was King of Wessex in England from 802 until his death. The King of Mercia drove him into exile in 789.

Egbert lived in Gaul for some years and at the court of Charlegmagne. After gaining the West Saxon throne he formed around Wessex a kingdom so powerful that it eventually achieved the political unification of England.

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