Æthelburg of Wessex
|Queen of Wessex|
|Died||c. 740 (aged 66–67)|
|Spouse||Ine of Wessex|
Queen Æthelburg, (also Æthelburh or Ethelburga) (ca. 673-740) was the wife of King Ine of Wessex. In 722 CE, she destroyed the stronghold of Taunton (which had been built by Ine) in an attempt to find the rebel Ealdbert.
Æthelburg was born circa 673. She was the wife of King Ine of Wessex. The couple ruled jointly, and Æthelburg is considered by some historians to be one of the few Anglo-Saxon women warriors. In 722, Æthelburg burned down the city of Taunton, a city built by Ine, to avoid its destruction by enemies. In 726 King Ine of Wessex abdicated the throne, and, with Æthelburg, went to Rome.
Æthelburg of Wessex is sometimes confused with Æthelburg of Kent, the wife of Edwin of Northumbria, who founded the Lyminge monastery in Kent. Æthelburg is a featured figure on Judy Chicago's installation piece The Dinner Party, being represented as one of the 999 names on the Heritage Floor. In The Dinner Party the character Æthelburg is actually a combination of Æthelburg of Wessex and Æthelburg of Kent.
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