Person:Æthelwærd (1)

Æthelwærd _____
b.Abt 880
d.16 Oct 922
Facts and Events
Name Æthelwærd _____
Alt Name Aethelweard _____
Alt Name Ethelwerd _____, Prince of England
Gender Male
Birth[5] Abt 880
Marriage to Unknown
Death[2][3] 16 Oct 922
Burial[2][3] Winchester, Hampshire, England
Reference Number[1] Q4418392?

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Æthelweard (died 920 or 922) was the younger son of King Alfred the Great and Ealhswith.

He was born about 880. That he was Alfred's younger son by Ealhswith is stated by Asser in his biography of the king ( 893). Asser also provides valuable detail on the boy's upbringing. Whereas his brother Edward and sister Ælfthryth were raised and educated at court, Æthelweard was sent to a type of school (schola), where he learned to read and write both Latin and Old English and was instructed in the liberal arts "under the attentive care of teachers, in company with all the nobly born children of virtually the entire area, and a good many of lesser birth as well." Such education would have started at an early age, before the onset of adolescence.

Through Alfred's patronage, Æthelweard became a wealthy landowner. In his father's will (AD 873 x 888), in which he is unnamed but called Alfred's "younger son" (þam gingran minan suna ), he is the beneficiary of a vast number of estates across the south of Britain: Arreton (Isle of Wight), Dean (i.e. East Dean or West Dean, West Sussex), Meon (i.e. East Meon or West Meon, Hampshire), Amesbury (Wiltshire), Dean (probably West Dean, Wiltshire), Sturminster Marshall (Dorset), Yeovil (Somerset), Crewkerne (Somerset), Whitchurch Canonicorum (Dorset), Axmouth (Devon), Branscombe (Devon), Cullompton (Devon), Tiverton (Devon), Mylenburnan (probably Burn in Silverton, Devon), Exminster (Devon), Suðeswyrðe (possibly Lustleigh, Devon), Lifton (Devon) and appurtenant lands, i.e. all his father's property in Cornwall, except Triggshire.

Since the (late) 890s, Æthelweard attested several of his brother's charters. According to John of Worcester, he died on 16 October 922 and his body received burial at Winchester, where he was soon joined by his brother Edward (d. 924). William of Malmesbury confirms the place of burial, but places his death four years before Edward's. It may have been Æthelweard whose name was entered into the New Minster Liber Vitae, fol. 9v., with the designation clito "ætheling", but if so, he seems to be mistaken for a son of Edward.

William tells that Æthelweard had two sons, Æthelwine and Ælfwine, who died fighting in the Battle of Brunanburh and who were buried at Malmesbury, at the behest of their cousin King Athelstan, who was buried there himself only two years later. The connection with this house is prominent in a series of three spurious charters from the Malmesbury archive, in which Athelstan is made to endow the abbey in memory of his "cousins" (patruelia) Æthelweard, Ælfwine and Æthelwine. If Ælfwine and Æthelwine died childless, their deaths would have brought an end to Æthelweard's direct descent.

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  3. 3.0 3.1 Thorpe, Benjamin. Florentii Wigorniensis. (London: Sumptibus Societatis, 1848)

    A.D. 922: "Clito Æthelwardus, regis Eadwardi germanus, XVII. kal. Novembris [16 Oct.] defunctus, Wintoniam defertur et sepelitur."

  4.   Asser, and William Henry (ed.) Stevenson. Asser's Life of King Alfred. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1904)
    pp. 57-58.
  5. ÆTHELWEARD, in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.
  6.   Æthelweard 5 (Male), in The Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England.