Elswitha Gainsborough, Queen of England

Female 850 - 905  (55 years)


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  • Name Elswitha Gainsborough 
    Suffix Queen of England 
    Born 850  , Mercia, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 5 Dec 905 
    Person ID I5099  Database
    Last Modified 25 Mar 2016 

    Spouse Alfred I Wessex, King of England,   b. 849, Wantage, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 899, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Children 
     1. Edward I Wessex, King of Wessex,   b. 871, , Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 924, Farndon, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     2. Aelfthryth of Wessex,   b. 872,   d. 929  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F1534  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Gainsborough, Elswitha (Ealdburh or Ealswith) of of Mercia ; Queen of England

      Mercia (Old English: Miercna rice) was one of the kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxon Heptarchy. The name is a Latinisation of the Old English Mierce or Myrce, meaning "border people".

      The kingdom was centred on the valley of the River Trent and its tributaries, in the region now known as the English Midlands. The kingdom's "capital" was the town of Tamworth, which was the seat of the Mercian Kings from at least around AD 584, when King Creoda built a fortress at the town.

      For 300 years (between AD 600 and 900), having annexed or gained submissions from five of the other six kingdoms of the Heptarchy (East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Sussex and Wessex), Mercia dominated England south of the River Humber: this period is known as the Mercian Supremacy. The reign of King Offa, who is best remembered for his Dyke which designated the boundary between Mercia and the Welsh kingdoms, is sometimes known as the "Golden Age of Mercia". Nicholas Brooks noted that "the Mercians stand out as by far the most successful of the various early Anglo-Saxon peoples until the later ninth century", and some historians, such as Sir Frank Stenton, believe the unification of England south of the Humber estuary was achieved during the reign of Offa.