Ælfwald I of Northumbria

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Ælfwald (born 759-767 AD) was king of Northumbria from 779 to 788. He is thought to have been a son of Oswulf, and thus a grandson of Eadberht Eating.

Ælfwald became king after Æthelred son of Æthelwald Moll was deposed in 778.[1] He was murdered, probably at Chesters, by ealdorman Sicga on 23 September 788. He was buried at Hexham Abbey where he was considered a saint.

Ælfwald was succeeded by his first cousin Osred,[2] son of Alhred and Osgifu daughter of Eadberht Eating. Ælfwald's sons Ælf and Ælfwine were killed in 791 on the orders of King Æthelred.

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  1. ^ Swanton, Michael (1996). The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. London: Phoenix. pp. 52–53.
  2. ^ Swanton, Michael (1996). The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. London: Phoenix. p. 54.

Further reading[edit]

  • Higham, N.J., The Kingdom of Northumbria AD 350-1100. Stroud: Sutton, 1993. ISBN 0-86299-730-5

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