Aelfthryth (Wife of King Edgar) 945 – 1002

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Aelfthryth wife of King Edgar


Father – Ealdorman Ordgar
Mother – Unknown
Spouse – Aethelwald, King Edgar
Children – Edmund, Aethelred



945 (around)
A daughter, Aelfthryth was born to Ealdorman Ordgar.
962 (around)
Aelfthryth married Aethelwald, son of Aethelstan, who had looked after King Edgar when his father died. One story states that Edgar had asked Aethelwald to report on Aelfthryth’s beauty. When Aethelwald saw how beautiful she was he married her himself and told Edgar that she was not beautiful at all.
962 (after)
Aelfthryth’s husband, Aethelwald, was killed. This may have been ordered by King Edgar when he found out that Aethelwald had deceived him.
964 (during)
Aelfthryth married King Edgar of England.
965 (during)
A son, Edmund, was born to Aelfthryth and King Edgar.
966 (during)
A son, Aethelred, was born to Aelfthryth and King Edgar
970 (druing)
Aelfthryth’s son, Edmund, died.
973 (11th May)
Aelfthryth was crowned Queen of England when Edgar was crowned for a second time at Bath.
975 (8th July)
Edgar died at Winchester. He was succeeded by his son from his first marriage, Edward.
975 (after July)
Aelfthryth’s step-son, Edward, was crowned by Archbishop Dunstan at Kingston upon Thames. Aelfthryth was not happy that Edward had succeeded to the throne and believed that her son, Aethelred should have been crowned king.
976 (during)
Aelfthryth worked against King Edward and rallied support for her son’s claim to the throne.
978 (18th March)
King Edward was murdered at Corfe Castle while visiting Aelfthryth, by assassins acting on her behalf. Aethelred was proclaimed King.
978 (4th April)
Aethelred was crowned at Kingston upon Thames.
978 (April)
As Aethelred was still a child, Aelfthryth acted as regent for him.
984 (during)
Aethelred came of age and took control of the country. He chose a new set of younger advisors.
985 (during)
Aelfthryth’s son, King Aethelred married Aelfgifu, daughter of Thored, earl of Northumbria
986 (during)
Aelfthryth’s grandson, Aethelstan, was born to Aethelred and Aelfgifu.
986 (during)
Aelfthryth founded Wherwell Abbey in Hampshire.
990 (during)
Aelfthryth’s grandson, Edmund was born to Aethelred and Aelfgifu
1002 (17th November)
Aelfthryth died at Wherwell Abbey.


Published Feb 12, 2018 @ 11:26 am – Updated – Mar 14, 2018 @ 2:19 pm


Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2018). Aelfthryth (Wife of Edgar) 945 – 1002. Available: Last Accessed March 18th, 2019


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