Aelfgifu (Wife of Eadwig)

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Likeness Unknown

 

Father – Unknown
Mother – Aethelgifu
Spouse – Eadwig
Children – No Children

 

 

935 (around)
A daughter, Aelfgifu was born into a noble family. Her mother’s name was Aethelgifu but her father’s name is not known. She was related to the royal family. The date of 935 is based on an assumption that she was around 20 years old when she married.
955 (after 23rd November)
Aelfgifu and her mother were found in a compromising position with King Eadwig during his coronation feast. Legend states that Dunstan had to drag Eadwig back to the coronation feast setting up a feud between the two that would last until Eadwig’s death.
955 (after November)
Aelfgifu married King Eadwig of England.
958 (during)
The marriage of Aelfgifu and Eadwig was dissolved by Archbishop Odo of Canterbury on the grounds that they were too closely related.
965 (around)
Aelfgifu is recorded as being a well off landowner in south east England.
965 (after)
Aelfgifu died. The exact date or place of her death is unknown.

 

Published Feb 8, 2018 @ 10:31 am – Updated – Mar 14, 2018 @ 2:16 pm

 

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2018). Aelfgifu wife of Eadwig. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/aelfgifu-wife-of-eadwig/ Last Accessed September 23rd, 2019

 

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