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Aelfweard (c. 1004—1044) abbot of Evesham and bishop of London

Ælfweard (d. 1044), abbot of Evesham and bishop of London


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Was a son of Edward the Elder by his second wife Aelfflaed and succeeded his father 17 July 924. But by 2 August he was dead at Oxford, no more than twenty-five years old. So brief a reign and the fact that his successor Athelstan had a different mother may suggest a family feud or coup. The absence of any comment on Aelfweard as a prince (in contrast to the achievements of his father at the same age) may mean that he was not in robust health or of a military disposition. He was buried at Winchester.

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