Father – Unknown
Mother – Unknown
Spouse – Edward the Elder
Children – Aethelstan, un-named daughter
It is likely that Ecgwynn was born around this date. There are no records as to her parents’ identities.
Ecgywnn married (or had a liaison with) Edward
, eldest son of King Alfred the Great
. Historians are divided on whether Edward and Ecgwynn were lawfully married. In 893 Edward would have been 19 years old and of marriageable age. King Alfred wanted Edward to succeed to the throne even though his nephew, Aethelwold
, had a stronger claim. If Edward were married and had a son to follow him the succession would be secure and the Witan would be more likely to allow the throne to pass directly to Edward. An illegitimate son would be of no importance.
A son, Aethelstan
, was born to Ecgwynn and Edward. He would go on to become King after the death of Edward in 924. The fact that he became King suggests that his parents were married at the time of his birth.
A daughter was born to Ecgwynn and Edward. Her name is not known.
Ecgwynn was possibly set aside or, more likely, died.
Published Feb 5, 2018 @ 10:25 am – Updated –
Harvard Reference for this page:
Heather Y Wheeler. (2018). Ecgwynn of Wessex 877 – 899 Timeline. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/ecgwynn-of-wessex-877-899/ Last Accessed June 23rd, 2019