Ælfflæd , wife of Edward the Elder
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Ælfflæd (fl. early 10th century) was the second wife of Edward the Elder, king of the English.
Ælfflæd was the daughter of an ealdorman Æthelhelm, presumed to be ealdorman Æthelhelm of Wiltshire who died in 897. Some historians, including Pauline Stafford and David H. Kelley, have identified him as Æthelhelm, a son of Edward's uncle, King Ethelred I. Barbara Yorke rejected the idea, arguing that it does not appear to have been the practice for Æthelings (princes of the royal dynasty who were eligible to be king) to become ealdormen, that in a grant from King Alfred to Ealdorman Æthelhelm there is no reference to kinship between them, and that the hostile reception to King Eadwig's marriage to Ælfgifu, his third cousin once removed, shows that a marriage between Edward and his first cousin once removed would have been forbidden as incestuous.
Ælfflæd married King Edward, c. 901 and became the mother of two sons, Ælfweard of Wessex and Edwin, and six daughters.
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- Frederick Lewis Weis. Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America bef 1760. (Name: 7th ed Genealogical Publishing, Baltimore 1992;), line 45 pp 46-47.
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- ÆLFLÆD (-920, bur Winchester Cathedral), in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.