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Leofric of Mercia Ealdorman of Mercia
(-1057)
Godgifu
(-After 1054)
Morcar of Mercia
(-1015)
Ealdgyth
Ælfgar of Mercia Earl of Mercia
(-Abt 1062)
Ælfgifu of Mercia
Ealdgyth of Mercia
(-After 1066)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Gruffydd ap Llywelyn Prince of Wales

2. Harold II Godwinson King of England
  • Harold

Ealdgyth of Mercia 3

  • Marriage (1): Gruffydd ap Llywelyn Prince of Wales about 1058 1
  • Marriage (2): Harold II Godwinson King of England between 1064 and 1066 2
  • Died: After 1066 2

   Other names for Ealdgyth were Aldgyth and Edith.

  General Notes:

EALDGYTH. Florence of Worcester´s genealogies name "regina Aldgitha, comitis Ælfgari filia" as mother of King Harold´s son "Haroldum". Orderic Vitalis records that "Edwinus…et Morcarus comites, filii Algari…Edgivam sororem eorum" married firstly "Gritfridi…regis Guallorum" and secondly "Heraldo". In a later passage, the same source names her "Aldit". Her parentage and marriage to King Harold are confirmed by Florence of Worcester who records that "earls Edwin and Morcar…sent off their sister Queen Elgitha to Chester" after the battle of Hastings. There is no source which pinpoints the date of Ealdgyth´s second marriage. Freeman suggests that the absence of any reference to his queen in the sources which record the circumstances of Harold´s accession and coronation may indicate that his marriage took place afterwards. If Harold's son Ulf was legitimate, the marriage would have taken place in the earlier part of the date range which is shown above.

m firstly as his second wife, GRUFFYDD ap Llywellyn Prince of Gwynedd and Powys, son of LLYWELLYN ap Seisyll King of Gwynedd & his wife Angharad of Gwynedd (-killed Snowdonia 5 Aug 1063).

m secondly ([1064/early 1066]) HAROLD Earl of Wessex, son of GODWIN Earl of Wessex & his wife Gytha of Denmark ([1022/25]-killed in battle Hastings 14 Oct 1066, bur [Waltham Abbey]). He succeeded in 1066 as HAROLD II King of England.


Ealdgyth married Gruffydd ap Llywelyn Prince of Wales, son of Llywelyn ap Seisyll King of Gwynedd and Dyfed and Angharad verch Maredudd, about 1058.1 (Gruffydd ap Llywelyn Prince of Wales died on 5 Aug 1063 in Wales, GB 1 4.). The cause of his death was Slain.


Ealdgyth next married Harold II Godwinson King of England between 1064 and 1066.2 (Harold II Godwinson King of England was born about 1022,5 died on 14 Oct 1066 at the "Battle of Hastings", Senlac Hill, Battle, East Sussex, TN33, GB 5 and was buried in Waltham Abbey, Abbey Court, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XG, GB.)


Sources


1 Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, David Faris, <i>Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700: The Lineage of Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Some of Their Descendants</i> (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1992), 176-2.

2 Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, David Faris, <i>Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700: The Lineage of Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Some of Their Descendants</i> (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1992), 176a-4.

3 Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, David Faris, <i>Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700: The Lineage of Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Some of Their Descendants</i> (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1992), 1b-23, 176-2.

4 Encyclopedia Britannica, Treatise on, UK-Wales Macropaedia p 123.

5 Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, David Faris, <i>Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700: The Lineage of Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Some of Their Descendants</i> (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1992), 1b-23.

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