The queen that never was

BBC History Magazine - - Anglo-saxon Insurrection -


This daugh­ter of a no­ble­man and a Mer­cian princess was mother of Ed­ward the El­der and wife of King Al­fred – though she was never able to as­sume the ti­tle of ‘queen’ due to ninth- cen­tury West Saxon cus­toms. The prop­erty she con­trolled hints at her in­flu­ence in Winch­ester. Born per­haps in the 840s or 850s (she mar­ried Al­fred in 868), Ealh­swith died in De­cem­ber 902 when her son Ed­ward was at war with Æthel­wold.

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