Ælfflæd of Wiltshire

Wiltshire, England
Death unknown
Wilton, Wiltshire Unitary Authority, Wiltshire, England
Burial Wilton, Wiltshire Unitary Authority, Wiltshire, England
Memorial ID 147305342 · View Source
Suggest Edits

b: 878
d: 919

Ælfflæd was the second wife of Edward the Elder, king of the Anglo-Saxons from 899 to 924.

Ælfflæd was the daughter of ealdorman Æthelhelm of Wiltshire who died in 897 and Aethelglyth of Mercia.

Ælfflæd married King Edward around 899. She only attested one charter, dated 901, where she was described as conjux regis. She never attested as queen. and although she was previously thought to have been consecrated as queen when Edward was crowned in 900, this is now thought unlikely. In 1827 the tomb of St Cuthbert in Durham Cathedral was opened, and among the objects found were a stole and maniple which had inscriptions showing that they had been commissioned by Ælfflæd for bishop Frithestan of Winchester.

Edward put aside Ælfflæd in order to marry Eadgifu. She is reported to have retired to Wilton Abbey, where she was joined by two of her daughters, Eadflæd and Æthelhild, and all three were buried there.

Ælfflæd and Edward were the parents of:

Ælfweard (briefly king of Wessex in 924)
Edwin (d. 933)
Eadgifu, wife of Charles the Simple
Eadhild, wife of Hugh the Great
Eadgyth "Edith of Wessex", wife of Otto I
Eadflæd, nun at Wilton
Æthelhild, vowess at Wilton

Family Members



Planning a visit to Wilton, England?



  • Created by: Angie Swann
  • Added: 1 Jun 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 147305342
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ælfflæd of Wiltshire (unknown–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 147305342, citing Wilton Abbey (Defunct), Wilton, Wiltshire Unitary Authority, Wiltshire, England ; Maintained by Angie Swann (contributor 48313732) .