Æthelbert, King of Wessex. Æthelbert’s reign lasted from 860 to 865 when he passed away. He was succeeded by his brother Æthelred. Æthelbert’s 5 year reign was described as good harmony with lasting peace. While he was king there was an unsuccessful attack by the Vikings against Winchester and ravaging eastern Kent as well as a separate attack by the Danish on Winchester but was also defeated.