Person:Æthelflæd of Damerham (1)

Æthelflæd of Damerham
 
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Facts and Events
Name Æthelflæd of Damerham
Gender Female
Death[1] bet 0962-0975 and 0991
Will[3][4]
Burial[2] Shaftesbury, Dorset, EnglandShaftesbury Abbey


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Æthelflæd, known as Æthelflæd of Damerham to distinguish her from other women of the same name, was the second wife of King Edmund I of England.

Æthelflæd was a daughter of ealdorman Ælfgar, probably the ealdorman of Essex. Her mother's name is not recorded. She had at least one brother and at least one sister, Ælfflæd (died circa 1002). Ælfflæd was married to Byrhtnoth, who probably succeeded her father as ealdorman of Essex. Bryhtnoth was killed at the Battle of Maldon in 991. Æthelflæd and Ælfflæd were Ælfgar's heirs at his death, some time between 946 and 951 based on the dating of his will, S1483.

Æthelflæd married Edmund in 944 following the death of his first wife Ælfgifu, mother of the future kings Eadwig and Edgar. She and Edmund are not known to have had any children, and Edmund was killed in 946, leaving Æthelflæd as a wealthy widow. Records of Ely Cathedral, to which she, her sister, and her brother-in-law, were generous benefactors, say that she then married an ealdorman named Æthelstan. There were several ealdormen of that name active in the reign of Edmund's brother and successor Eadred, and it most likely that Æthelflæd married the man known as Æthelstan Rota, although she could have married Æthelstan Half-King.

Æthelflæd's will survives, S1494, and her will, and thus her death, is dated to between 962, and more probably 975, and 991. In addition to gifts to Ely, the will endowed Glastonbury, Canterbury, Bury, and the family monastery of Stoke-by-Nayland.

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References
  1. Æthelflæd of Damerham, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  2. ÆTHELFLÆD , in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.
  3. Thorpe, Benjamin. Diplomatarium anglicum aevi saxonici. (London: Macmillan & Co, 1865), pp. 519 - 526.

    Gives her will with a facing modern English translation.

  4. Miller, Sean. Anglo-Saxons.net, S 1494.

    Will with translation.

  5.   Eadmund I, in Baldwin, Stewart, and Todd Farmerie. The Henry Project (King Henry II ): Ancestors of King Henry II.
  6.   Earle, John (ed.), and Charles (ed.) Plummer. Two of the Saxon Chronicles Parallel. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1892), p. 64.

    MS D, under the year 946, when describing the death of Eadmund, notes that "Æthelflæd æt Domerhame, Ælfgares dohter ealdormannes, wæs þa his cwen."

  7.   Searle, William George. Anglo-Saxon bishops, kings and nobles, the succession of the bishops and the pedigrees of the kings and nobles. (Cambridge: University Press in Cambridge, 1899), p. 411.
  8.   Æthelflæd 14 (Female), in The Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England.