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Ælfthryth of Wessex[1]

Female Abt 877 - 929  (~ 52 years)

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  • Name Ælfthryth of Wessex 
    Born Abt 877 
    Gender Female 
    Also Known As Elftrudis, Elfrida  
    Died 7 Jun 929 
    Buried Abbey de Saint-Pierre du Mont-Blandin, Ghent, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 1, Ælfthryth (d.929), by William Hunt

      ÆLFTHRYTH, Lat. Eltrudis (d. 929), was a younger daughter of King Ælfred. She was brought up in her father's court with her brother Eadward. Asser dwells on the care with which the brother and sister were educated. Ælfthryth learnt all that was held fitting for people of high birth to know. She studied the Psalms and English books, and, above all, the English songs which her father loved so well. Ælfthryth married Baldwin II, count of Flanders, a violent and greedy man. She received Chippenham and two other estates in Wiltshire by her father's will. In 912 she gave Lewisham with its dependencies, Greenwich and Woolwich, to the abbey of St. Peter at Ghent. Her husband, Baldwin, died in 915, and was buried in the abbey of St. Bertin. Two years after his death Ælfthryth had his body moved to Ghent and buried in the church of St. Peter. She died in 929, and was laid beside her husband. She had two sons and two daughters. Her elder son, Arnulf, succeeded his father as count of Flanders. Fifth in descent from Arnulf was Matilda, daughter of Baldwin V and wife of William the Conqueror. Ælfthryth forms, therefore, an important link in the genealogy of the royal family of England. Her second son, Adelulf, was count of Boulogne.

      [Asser, de Rebus gestis Ælfredi; Æthelweard, Chron. i.; Sigebert, Chron. 918, in Recueil des Historiens, &c. viii. 310; Frodoard, Hist. iv. 10; L'Art de vérifier, &c. xiii. 282; Dugdale, Monasticon, vi. 987.]

      W. H.
    Person ID I9354  Dickinson
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2018 

    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."

    Family ID F2432  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Baldwin II de Flandre, Count of Flanders,   b. Abt 865,   d. 918  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Married Y  [4
    +1. Arnoul I de Flandre, Count of Flanders,   b. ca. 885,   d. 27 Mar ca. 964  (Age ~ 79 years)  [Birth]
     2. Adalolf de Flandres, Comte de Boulogne,   d. 13 Nov 933  [Birth]
     3. Ealswid de Flandres  [Birth]
     4. Ermentrude de Flandres  [Birth]
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F1630  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S336463] Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, Charles Cawley, (Online: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at, 20XX),

    2. [S336351] Dictionary of National Biography, 63 volumes, Sir Sidney Lee, ed., (New York: McMillan and Company, 1885-1900), Public Domain., vol. 1, 167 [William Hunt].

    3. [S441] Asser's Life of King Alfred, Albert S. Cook, William Henry Stevenson, ed., (Boston: Ginn & Co., 1906 ), 17 or

    4. [S439] Saxons vs. Vikings: Alfred the Great and England in the Dark Ages, Ed West, (New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2017), 105.