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Æthelflaed of Mercia

Female about 869 - 918  (~ 49 years)


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  • Name Æthelflaed of Mercia 
    Born about 869  Wessex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 12 June 918  St. Peters, Gloucestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Aethelflaed,

      also spelled ETHELFLEDA, or AELFLED, also called LADY OF THEMERCIANS (d. June 12, 918, Tamworth, Eng.), Anglo-Saxon ruler ofMercia in England.

      The daughter of King Alfred the Great, she helped her brotherEdward the Elder, king of the West Saxons (reigned 899-924), inconquering the Danish armies occupying eastern England.Aethelflaed became the effective ruler of Mercia some yearsbefore the death (911) of her husband, Aethelred, ealdorman ofthe Mercians. While Edward fortified (910-916) the southeastMidlands, Aethelflaed was building fortresses around Mercia. By917 she and Edward were ready to launch a massive joint assaulton the Danish positions. Aethelflaed quickly captured Derby, andin 918 she occupied Leicester, but she died before the campaignwas successfully completed. Edward then claimed his sister'skingdom and completed the subjugation of the Danes. BecauseAethelflaed had extended her influence into Wales andNorthumbria, Edward was able to assert his authority over theseregions as well. Thus, almost all of England came under hiscontrol.



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      Western Europe, the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire, andEastern Europe from AD 395 to c. 1050



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    Person ID I47179  Schirado
    Last Modified 1 February 2003 

    Father Alfred the Great of Wessex, King of England,   b. 849, Wantage, Berkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 October 899, Winchester, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother Ealhswith of Mercia,   b. about 852, Mercia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 December 905  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Married 867 
    Family ID F24560  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Earl Æthelred of Mercia,   b. about 865, Mercia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 912  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Earl Æthelwulf of Mercia,   b. Risborough Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 903
    +2. Elfwina of Mercia
    Family ID F32386  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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