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Ealdgyth, consort of Gruffudd ap Llywelyn, King of Wales, active 1057-1066


  • [Ealdgyth (active 1057-1066), also Aldgyth or in modern English, Edith, was a daughter of Ælfgar, Earl of Mercia, the wife of Gruffudd ap Llywelyn (d. 1063), ruler of all Wales, and later the wife and queen consort of Harold Godwineson, King of England in 1066.]
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    • us: Aldgyth, consort of Gruffudd ap Llywelyn, King of Wales, active 1057-1066
    • us: Aldith, consort of Gruffudd ap Llywelyn, King of Wales, active 1057-1066
    • us: Ealdgyth, Queen, consort of Harold, King of England, active 1057-1066
    • us: Edyth, consort of Gruffudd ap Llywelyn, King of Wales, active 1057-1066
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    • Aldgyth, consort of Gruffydd ab Llewelyn, King of Wales, d. 1063
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    • found: Llywelyn, M. The wind from Hastings, 1978 (subj.) p. 6 (Edyth) p. 44 (Aldith)
    • found: DNB, 1937 (Aldgyth, fl. 1063)
    • found: Ency. Brit., 1972 (under Harold II: Ealdgyth)
    • found: Oxford dictionary of national biography online, Mar. 31, 2014: (Ealdgyth [Aldgyth] (fl. c.1057-1066), queen of England, consort of Harold II, was the daughter of Ælfgar, earl of Mercia (d. 1062?), and probably of his wife, Ælfgifu; Her first marriage was to her father's ally, Gruffudd ap Llywelyn (d. 1063), king of Gwynedd from 1039 and ruler of all Wales after 1055; Ealdgyth was widowed in 1063, when an expedition into Wales by Earl Harold Godwineson (1022-1066) provoked the murder of Gruffudd; At some point after this, Harold proposed to marry Ealdgyth; It is not certain when this second marriage occurred, or whether Harold married Ealdgyth before or after his election as king; however, it had certainly taken place before the Norman invasion in 1066. At the time of Harold's death at Hastings, Ealdgyth was in London, whence her brothers Eadwine and Morcar took her to Chester for protection. Her fate after this is not known)
    • found: Wikipedia, Mar. 31, 2014: (Ealdgyth, daughter of Earl Ælfgar; Ealdgyth (fl. c. 1057-1066), also Aldgyth or in modern English, Edith, was a daughter of Ælfgar, Earl of Mercia, the wife of Gruffudd ap Llywelyn (d. 1063), ruler of all Wales, and later the wife and queen consort of Harold Godwineson, king of England in 1066)
    • notfound: BM, 1956-70;NUC, pre-1956-67.
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    • [Ealdgyth (active 1057-1066), also Aldgyth or in modern English, Edith, was a daughter of Ælfgar, Earl of Mercia, the wife of Gruffudd ap Llywelyn (d. 1063), ruler of all Wales, and later the wife and queen consort of Harold Godwineson, King of England in 1066.]
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    • 1978-06-30: new
    • 2014-04-12: revised
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