Ealhswith (Mercia) of England

Ealhswith (Mercia) of England

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Ealhswith "Alswitha, Aethelswida, Elswitha, Æhlswith, Elhswyth, Ealhswith,Ethelswitha, Lady of the Mercians, Queen of England" of England formerly Mercia aka of the Gaini, of Wessex
Born about in Mercia, Englandmap
Wife of — married in Winchester, Englandmap
Died in St. Mary's Abbey, Winchester, Hampshiremap
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About Ealhswith of the Gaini, Queen of the Anglo-Saxons Ealhswith, or Ealswitha, (born c. 852 in Mercia) of the Gaini was the daughter of Æthelred Mucil, Ealdorman of the Gaini. She was married in 868, to Alfred the Great, king of Wessex. The children of Alfred and Ealhswith included Edward the Elder, later king of Wessex, Ælfthryth, who married Baldwin II, Count of Flanders, and Æthelflæd, who ruled as Lady of the Mercians.

After Alfred's death in 899, Ealhswith became a nun. She died on 5 December 905, and is buried in St. Mary's Abbey, Winchester, Hampshire.

Also ref. History of the Anglo-Saxons (1831) by Sir Francis Palgrave for more details on her husband Alfred the Great. --------------------


1. Journal of the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Chobham, Surrey, U.K., volume 1, issue 6, page 407. Hereinafter cited as Foundation for Medieval Genealogy.

2. Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 9. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family. 3. [E. B. Fryde, D. E. Greenway, S. Porter and I. Roy, editors, Handbook of British Chronology, 3rd edition (London, U.K.: Royal Historical Society, 1986), page 24. Hereinafter cited as Handbook of British Chronology. 4. G. S. P. Freeman-Grencville, The Queen's Lineage: from A.D. 495 to the Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (London , U.K.: Rex Collings, 1977), page 4. Hereinafter cited as The Queen's Lineage. 5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ealhswith_av_Mercia

Ealhswith (or Ealswitha) of the Gaini was born c. 852 in Mercia. Her name means "Temple strength".

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