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Also Known As: "Aethehelm", "Æthelhelm"
Birthplace: Wessex, UK
Death: Died in Wantage,,Berkshire,England
Place of Burial: Compton and Crondall by King Alfred the Great
Immediate Family:

Son of Ethelred I 'the Pious', King of Wessex & Kent and Wulfthryth
Husband of Æthelgyth
Father of Æthelfrith, Earl of Mercia
Brother of Ælfgifu and Æthelwold van Wessex, King Of York & East Anglia

Occupation: Earl of Wiltshire, Thegn (godseier) hos Kong Edvard, Archevêque de Canterbury, Ealdorman of Wiltshire
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About Æthelhelm

Æthelhelm or Æþelhelm (c. 859–923) was the younger son of Æthelred of Wessex (Æþelræd).

Both he and his brother were too young to inherit the throne in 871 and it passed to their uncle King Alfred the Great (Ælfred) who granted them both lands. On Alfred's death in 899 his elder brother Æthelwold contested the succession and was killed. Æthelhelm remained loyal, and is believed to have been Ealdorman of Wiltshire.

Two children have been attributed to Æthelhelm:

   * Ælfflæd (c. 890–918), consort to King Edward the Elder (c. 871–924), is called by one source daughter of Ealdorman Æthelhelm (although there were several Ealdormen of this name at the time, this has been taken to refer to the Ealdorman of Wiltshire); and
   * Æthelfrith of Wessex (c. 900–927), a landholder, father to four Ealdormen: Æthelstan Half-King (East Anglia), Ælfstan (Mercia), Æthelwald (Kent), and Eadric (Wessex). Æthelfrith is hypothesized to be son of Æthelhelm because Ealdorman Æthelweard 'the Historian', who is thought to be son of Eadric, called himself 'grandson's grandson' of Æthelhelm's father Æthelred I and held lands originally granted to Æthelhelm by Alfred. From Æthelweard the reconstructed pedigree is traced through Æthelmar Cild (c. 960–1015), a benefactor of Eynsham Abbey; and Wulfnoth Cild (c. 983–1015), Thegn of Sussex; to Earl Godwin, thereby making Æthelhelm ancestor of King Harold II, Godwin's son.


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