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Æthelgifu of Wessex, Abbess of Shaftsbury[1]

Female - 896


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  • Name Æthelgifu of Wessex 
    Suffix Abbess of Shaftsbury 
    Gender Female 
    Died ca. 896  Shaftesbury Abbey, Dorset Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Shaftesbury Abbey, Dorset Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I20507  Dickinson
    Last Modified 2 Aug 2020 

    Father Ælfred of Wessex,   b. 849, Wantage, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca. 26 Oct 899  (Age 50 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Ealhswith,   b. ca. 848, Mercia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca. 902, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 868 
    • "In the year of our Lord's incarnation 868, which was the twentieth of King Alfred's life, the aforesaid revered King Alfred, then occupying only the rank of viceroy (secundarii), betrothed and espoused a noble Mercian lady, daughter of Æthelred, surnamed Mucin, Ealdorman of the Gaini. The mother of this lady was named Eadburh, of the royal line of Mercia, whom I often saw with my own eyes a few years before her death. She was a venerable lady, and after the decease of her husband remained many years a chaste widow, even till her own death."

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    Family ID F2432  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S336463] Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, Charles Cawley, (Online: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/, 20XX), https://bit.ly/30YMj9U.

    2. [S441] Asser's Life of King Alfred, Albert S. Cook, William Henry Stevenson, ed., (Boston: Ginn & Co., 1906 ), 17 or https://archive.org/stream/asserslifeofking00asseiala#page/16/mode/2up.