Person:Aelfgifu Adela (1)

Facts and Events
Name[2] Ælfgifu
Alt Name[2] Ealdgyth
Alt Name Edgiva
Gender Female

Disputed Relationships

There is no general agreement on the identity of Ælfgifu's husband. Baldwin discusses the various conjectures. He concludes, "Much ink has been used speculating on the identity of this Alpine son-in-law of Eadweard, and numerous candidates have been put forward, none of whom can be accepted with a great deal of confidence."

  1.   Edgiva (?), in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Eadweard (Edward) "the Elder", in Baldwin, Stewart, and Todd Farmerie. The Henry Project (King Henry II ): Ancestors of King Henry II.
  3.   ÆLFGIFU, in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.
  4.   William of Malmesbury; Rev. J. (trans.) Sharpe; and J.A. (ed.) Giles. Chronicle of the Kings of England. (London: H.G. Bohn), p. 106, p. 124.

    According to William of Malmesbury, Elgitha married "a certain duke, near the Alps."

  5.   Giles, J.A. (ed.). Old English Chronicles. (London: George Bell and Sons, 1906), p. 2.

    Ethelwerd states that Edgitha and her sister [Ælfgifu, not named by him] were sent by Athelstan to Otho, "that he might choose which of them he liked best to be his wife. He chose Edgitha...and united the other in marriage to a certain king near the Jupiterean Mountains, of whose family no memorial has reached us, partly from the distance and partly from the confusion of the times."