- Heather Edwards
Æthelheard (d. 740), king of the West Saxons, became king in 726 after his predecessor, Ine, retired to Rome. The succession was disputed, but Æthelheard defeated the other claimant, an atheling named Oswald. Æthelheard's name does not appear in any extant genealogy of the West Saxon kings, and there is no direct evidence for his ancestry or connections. However, the inference, sometimes drawn, that he was an outsider, may not be correct. Since ...