Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians

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Aethelflaed (r. 911-918 CE) was the daughter of King Alfred the Great of Wessex (r. 871-899 CE) and became queen of Mercia following the death of her husband Aethelred II, Lord of the Mercians (r. 883-911 CE). She is best known as the “Lady of the Mercians” who defeated the Vikings and established English rule which would be consolidated by her brother Edward the Elder (r. 899-924 CE) and lay the foundation for the reign of the first recognized English king, Aethelstan, who was king of the Anglo-Saxons 924-927 CE and King of the English 927-939 CE.

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  • c. 870 - 918
    Life of Aethelflaed of Wessex and later Mercia.
  • c. 870
    Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, is thought to have been born.
  • 871 - 899
    Reign of King Alfred the Great of Wessex.
  • 881 - 911
    Reign of Aethelred, Lord of the Mercians.
  • c. 886
    Aethelflaed marries Aethelred, King of Mercia.
  • 886
    Aethelflaed marries Aethelred of Mercia.
  • 892 - 896
    Aethelflaed and Aethelred battle Viking armies in defense of Mercia.
  • c. 900
    Aethelflaed's daughter Aelfwynn born; Aethelflaed's nephew Prince Aethelstan of Wessex comes to live with her at Mercian court.
  • 902
    King Aethelred falls ill; Aethelflaed becomes power in Mercia.
  • c. 907
    Aethelflaed defeats Vikings at the Battle of Chester.
  • 911 - 918
    Reign of Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians.
  • 911
    King Aethelred dies; Aethelflaed becomes sole monarch in Mercia, known as Lady of the Mercians.
  • 911 - 918
    Reign of Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians.
  • 911 - 918
    Reign of Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians.
  • 912 - 917
    Aethelflaed rebuilds and reforms Mercia in cooperation with her brother Edward of Wessex.
  • 917
    Aethelflaed leads her armies to victory over the Vikings at Derby.
  • 918
    Aethelflaed dies; Mercia merges with Wessex under King Edward the Elder.
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