Ealdorman Ordgar of Devon
(Cir 0945-1000/1001)


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1. King Edgar "The Peaceful" of England

Ælfthryth 3360

  • Born: Cir 945 3360
  • Marriage (1): King Edgar "The Peaceful" of England
  • Died: 17 Nov 1000 or 1001, Wherwell Abbey, Hampshire, England about age 55 3360

  Noted events in her life were:

• Beauty or Beast. 3361 According to a recorded history, the beauty of Ordgar's daughter Ælfthryth was reported to King Edgar. Edgar, looking for a Queen, sent Æthewald to see Ælfthryth, ordering him "to offer her marriage [to Edgar] if her beauty were really equal to report." When she turned out to be just as beautiful as was said, Æthelwald married her himself and reported back to Edgar that she was quite unsuitable. Edgar was eventually told of this, and decided to repay Æthelwald's betrayal in like manner. He said that he would visit the poor woman, which alarmed Æthelwald. He asked Ælfthryth to make herself as unattractive as possible for the king's visit, but she did the opposite. Edgar, quite besotted with her, killed Æthelwald during a hunt.

Another source recorded that Æthelwald was murdered by Ælfthryth who thereafter seduced King Edgar and murdered his son Prince Edward the Martyr in order to pave the way for the crowning of her son Æthelred as king.

Ælfthryth married King Edgar "The Peaceful" of England, son of King Edmund I and Ælfgifu Saint Elgiva of Shaftesbury. (King Edgar "The Peaceful" of England was born in 943,3362 died on 8 Jul 975 in Wincester, Hampshire, England 3362 and was buried in Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, England 3362.)

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