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Leofwine (Mercia) of Mercia (abt. 0946 - abt. 1028)

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Ealdorman Leofwine (Leofwine II) "Ealdorman of the Hwicce, Leofric" of Mercia formerly Mercia
Born about in Mercia, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
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Died about in Mercia, Englandmap
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Leofwine, Ealdorman of the Hwicce (living 997)



Wikipedia -- "Under Æthelred, Leofwine's sphere of office after 994 was in the Hwicce areas of Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, but these counties were given to Danes by King Cnut soon after he gained the throne in 1016. However, Leofwine kept his rank and may have been appointed Ealdorman of Mercia in 1017 in succession to Eadric Streona, but Leofwine's eldest son Northman was murdered on Cnut's orders in the same year. Leofwine is last recorded as a charter witness in 1023 and probably died soon afterwards. His son Leofric was Earl of Mercia by 1032."[1]


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Primary sources researched by don't identify Leofric's parents. The ones given here seem based on later secondary sources that mysteriously connect him with Alwara, as a wife... when she is UNKNOWN. (See Smith, 1873)[2]


m. UNKNOWN. Issue: 4 sons

  • Wulfric (d. 05 May 1010)[3]
  • Northman (d.1017)
  • Leofric, Earl of Mercia (d. 30 Oct 1057 Bromley)
m. ante 1010 Lady Godiva / Godifu (d.after 1054/57)
  • Edwin (d.1039)


  • Cawley, C. (2006). "Family of Leofwine ealdorman of Mercia." Medieval Lands v.4.[1]

Citations and Notes

  1. 1. a b Williams, Ann (2004). "Leofric, earl of Mercia (d. 1057), magnate". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/16470. Retrieved 13 November 2015. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
    2. a b Williams, Ann (1991). "Leofwine ealdorman 994-1023/32". In Williams, Ann; Smyth, Alfred P.; Kirby, D. P. A Biographical Dictionary of Dark Age Britain. Seaby. ISBN 978-1-85264-047-7.
    • Manager's note [Leofwine may be the son of Ælfwine, son of Æthelweard (d. 920 or 922) the youngest son of King Alfred the Great and Ealhswith. But there are accounts that Ælfwine died childless alongside his brother Æthelwine in the battle of Brunanburh in 937. see William of Malmesbury, Gesta regumm. II ch. 130 & William of Malmesbury, Gesta regumm. II ch. 135.]
    Assimilation of the Hwicce into Mercia is completed (by the) 780s
  2. Smith, J.R. (1873). The Reliquary and Illustrated Archaeologist, (Vol 13-14, pp.29). Google eBook
  3. Cawley (2006), adds Wulfric but his identity is disputed.... and he's most likely *NOT* the same man as Wulfric Spott (d. 22 Oct 1010 Ipswich).

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CAUTION! ALLEGED pedigree of Eadnoth I, Bishop of Dorchester and Leofric
CAUTION! ALLEGED pedigree of Eadnoth I, Bishop of Dorchester and Leofric


On 1 Jul 2017 at 01:10 GMT Bree Ogle wrote:

IMHO... he should be disconnected from any alleged parents. There is no proof of them, and there's another genealogy,[1] that's totally different from Smith (1873), whose pedigree can't be trusted. ... There is no son "Godwin" on PACE.[2]

On 22 Mar 2017 at 18:52 GMT Steve Selbrede wrote:

Why is Unknown-290231 an unmerged match? Looks like the same person to me.

On 28 May 2014 at 13:26 GMT Michelle (Bairfield) Brooks wrote:

Of NORTHUMBRIA-11 and Mercia-7 appear to represent the same person because: dates are the same

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