Sunday, 13 September 2009

Character in Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Series: Ealhswith



Ealhswith, or Ealswitha, (born c. 852 in Mercia) of the Gaini was the daughter of Æthelred Mucil, Ealdorman of the Gaini. She was married in 868, to Alfred the Great, king of Wessex. The children of Alfred and Ealhswith included Edward the Elder, later king of Wessex, Ælfthryth, who married Baldwin II, Count of Flanders, and Æthelflæd, who ruled as Lady of the Mercians.
After Alfred's death in 899, Ealhswith became a nun. She died on 5 December 905, and is buried in St. Mary's Abbey, Winchester, Hampshire.
Also ref. History of the Anglo-Saxons (1831) by Sir Francis Palgrave for more details on her husband Alfred the Great.



St. Mary's Garden at Abbey House where the old Abbey stood until Henry Vlll purge



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