Æthelfrith of Wessex and Mercia, Earl of Mercia

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Æthelfrith of Wessex and Mercia, Earl of Mercia

Also Known As: "Æthelfrith Earldorman of Wessex and Mercia"
Birthplace: Wessex, England (United Kingdom)
Death: circa 927 (42-60)
Wessex, England (United Kingdom)
Immediate Family:

Son of Æthelhelm and Æthelgyth of Wessex and Mercia
Husband of Æthelgyth of Wessex and Mercia
Father of Ædric, Earl of Wessex; Æthelwald, Ealdorman of Kent; Æthelstan Half-King, Ealdorman of East Anglia and Ælfstan, Ealdorman of Mercia

Occupation: Ealdorman of Wiltshire, An Ealdorman of southern Mercia, Earl of Mercia
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About Æthelfrith of Wessex and Mercia, Earl of Mercia




  • Æthelhelm Earldorman of Wiltshire

born about 0859

died about 0898


  • Æthelgyth of Mercia


Ælfleda Queen of England

born about 0878 Wessex, England




  • Eadric Earldorman of Wessex

died about 0949

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Æthelfrith (c. 870 – 927), was an Ealdorman southern Mercia, occurring in documents in the first part of the 10th century. Having married Æthelgyth, daughter of Æthelwulf, he was father to four Ealdormen: Æthelstan Half-King (East Anglia), Ælfstan (Mercia), Æthelwald (Kent), and Eadric (Wessex), and apparently grandfather of Ealdorman Æthelweard 'the Historian'. That the latter called himself 'grandson's grandson' of Æthelred I, as well as documented patterns of land inheritance, have led to the hypothesis that Æthelfrith was son of Aethelhelm, Ealdorman of Wiltshire, one of Æthelred's sons. A further genealogical reconstruction would make Aethelweard, and hence Æthelfrith, an ancestor of King Harold II.

Leo: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who came to America bef. 1700, Baltimore, 1995, Weis, Frederick Lewis; Sheppard, Walter, Reference: 5.
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