(d. 918) ruler of the Mercians

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Was a daughter of Alfred ‘the Great’. Her mother was from the Mercian royal house and c.889 she married Aethelred, ealdorman of Mercia. After the death of her husband in 911, she took over his position as ruler of the Mercians on behalf of Wessex, collaborating closely with her brother, Edward. She extended Alfred's policy of constructing fortified burhs, including Chester, Bridgnorth, Tamworth, and Stafford. In 916 her troops defeated the Welsh at Llangorse lake, near Brecon, capturing the king of Gwent's wife. Afterwards she turned her attention to reconquering the parts of Mercia still under Danish control, storming Derby and Leicester. She died at Tamworth on 12 June 918 and was buried with her husband at Gloucester.

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