Eadgyth, Lady Of Mercia

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Eadgyth, Lady Of Mercia

Lithuanian: Edita, Lady Of Mercia
Birthplace: Wessex, England
Death: circa 1022 (22-32)
after 1021
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Æthelred "the Unready", King of the English and Ælfgifu of York
Wife of Eadric Streona, Earl of Mercia and Thurkil
Sister of Æthelstan; Edmund II 'Ironside', King of England; Eadwig; Ecgberht; Eadred and 5 others
Half sister of Ælfred Ætheling; Edward The Confessor, king of the English and Godgifu

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About Eadgyth, Lady Of Mercia

Eadgyth or Edith , born before 1000, died after 1021

Daughter of Æthelred and his first wife Ælfgifu


1. Eadric Streona

2. Thorkell


EADGYTH (-after 11 Nov 1021).

Florence of Worcester´s genealogies name "Ælfgiva, comitis Ægelberhti filia" as mother of King Æthelred´s three sons "Eadmundum, Eadwium et Æthelstanum" and his daughter "Eadgitham"[1825]. Roger of Hoveden names her as the daughter of King Æthelred when recording her first marriage[1826]. Florence of Worcester records that she was banished from England with her second husband 11 Nov 1021[1827].

m firstly (1009) EADRIC "Streona/the Acquisitor", son of --- (-murdered 25 Dec 1017). One of the main advisers of King Æthelred II from [1006], he acquired a position of considerable power but gained a reputation for treachery. He was made Ealdorman of Mercia in 1007[1828]. He changed sides several times during 1014/1016, wavering between Edmund "Ironside" or Canute depending on who had the upper hand at the time, but finally abandoned Edmund's cause at the battle of Ashingdon. Canute appointed Eadric as Ealdorman of Mercia in 1017, but had him murdered in 1017.

m secondly (1017 or after) THORKELL "Havi/the Tall", son of [STRUTHARALD King in Skane] (-killed in battle 1039). One of the leaders of the Danish invasion of England in 1009. He changed sides and supported Æthelred II King of England at the end of 1012, but defected back to join the invasion fleet of Knud of Denmark in Aug 1015. King Canute appointed him Ealdorman of the East Angles 1017 after the murder of Eadric "Streona/the Acquisitor", whose widow he married. It is probable that the King appointed him Regent of England 1019, during his absence in Denmark. King Canute outlawed him 11 Nov 1021[1829], but they entered a pact of reconciliation in 1023 under which Thorkell would govern Denmark and each would keep the other's son as hostage[1830]. He remained regent in Denmark for about three years, being replaced by Ulf, King Knud's brother-in-law. He was killed by the Welsh[1831].

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Eadgyth, Lady Of Mercia's Timeline

Wessex, England
Age 27
after 1021
Age 27