- Earl Aethelred of Mercia
Ealdorman Æthelred (died 911) was a ruler of
Mercia(c. 883 – 911). His title was "Lord of the Mercians", and although he retained many attributes of a king, he was subject to the power of his close ally Wessex.
In 886, he was given control of
London[For context, see Lundenwic, Lundenburghand Museum of London Archaeological Service.] by King Alfred of Wessex, whose daughter, Ethelfleda, he married.
As Alfred reconquered the
Danelaw, it was useful to place the heir to the divided Kingdom of Mercia in control of its former eastern region.
Aethelred was recorded as fighting many battles against the Welsh, and at one point
Brochwael ab Meurigjoint ruler with his brother of the Welsh Kingdom of Gwentappealed to Alfred for help against Earl Aethelred. Towards the end of his life, he allowed his wife Ethelfleda to exercise many of his powers, and when he died after the Battle of Tettenhallshe succeeded him.
Kings of Mercia family tree
Bernard Cornwell's "Sword Song" (2007 ISBN 978-0007219711), the fourth in his " The Saxon Stories" series of books, features him.
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