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Ælfthryth, wife of Edgar

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Queen consort of England
Tenure 964/965 - 8 July 975
Coronation 11 May 973
Predecessor Ælfgifu
Successor Ælfgifu of York
Spouse Edgar, King of England
Edmund of England
Æthelred, King of England
Father Ordgar, Ealdorman of Devon
Born c. 945
Died 1000 or 1001

Ælfthryth (c. 945 - 1000 or 1001, also Alfrida, Elfrida or Elfthryth) was the second or third wife of King Edgar of England. Ælfthryth was the first king's wife known to have been crowned and anointed as Queen of the Kingdom of England. Mother of King Æthelred the Unready, she was a powerful political figure. She was linked to the murder of her stepson King Edward the Martyr and appeared as a stereotypical bad queen and evil stepmother in many medieval histories.

Early life

Ælfthryth was the daughter of Ealdorman Ordgar. Her mother was a member of the royal family of Wessex.

Preceded by
Ælfgifu, wife of Eadwig
Queen Consort of England
Succeeded by
Ælfgifu of York