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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Categories: Nuns | This Day In History December 05 | 9th Century.


Ealhswith of the Gaini, Queen of the Anglo-Saxons

Ealhswith, or Ealswitha, (b. c. 852 Mercia)[1][2] was the daughter of Æthelred Mucil, Ealdorman of the Gaini.


m. 868, to Alfred the Great, king of Wessex.[3] Issue:
  • Edward the Elder, later king of Wessex
  • Ælfthryth m. Baldwin II, Count of Flander
  • Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians.


After Alfred's death in 899, Ealhswith became a nun. She died 05 December 905, and is buried in St. Mary's Abbey, Winchester, Hampshire.


  1. Journal of the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Chobham, Surrey, U.K., volume 1, issue 6, page 407.
    Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 9.
    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.
    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.
  2. Ealhswith (or Ealswitha) means "Temple strength".
  3. History of the Anglo-Saxons (1831) by Sir Francis Palgrave for more details on her husband Alfred the Great.

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On September 21, 2014 at 08:12GMT Bree Ogle wrote:

Of England-282 and Mercia-181 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicate

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