Alfred did mention Wantage in his will and he gave it to his wife Ealhswith, suggesting it was a place of great importance to […], Reblogged this on History's Untold Treasures and commented: Post was not sent - check your email addresses! This is where Alfred met and wooed Ealhswith. The towns council are not big on history, so any new comers haven’t a clue about it’s ancient history what-so-ever which is very sad!!! H/T The Freelance History Writer, Thank you Susan for including Gainsborough’s Queen, and for mentioning her birthplace. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I love this time period and will do more posts about this era. It was said that King Alfred married Ealhswith in a church on the site which is now all Saints Church on Church Street. All the children were educated as Alfred was an ardent advocate of education. A daughter named Aethelthryth or Elfrida was born c. 877. It is very interesting. While there was relative peace in the kingdom, Ealhswith turned her attention to the establishment of the Nunnaminster (St. Mary’s Abbey) at Winchester. Series The Last Kingdom is preparing for its fifth season, but, remembering the last season of the show, fans expressed their views on one of the characters who died. Marie-Jean Hérault de Séchelles and the French Revolution, a guest post by Katherine Emrick. King Alfred appeared in the first three seasons of The Last Kingdom and was passionate about uniting the kingdoms of England. She was never called queen and she never witnessed any charters during Alfred’s administration. Intellectually nourishing, and historically fascinating. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In 866, Leeds is a decent sized town, but in The Last Kingdom, it is a tiny farmstead with a handful of houses. We know very little about Ealhswith’s life. The attack on the fort was led by Alfred’s son, Edward, as Alfred was still in Wessex dealing with yet another Danish invasion near Exeter in Devonshire. Watch out! Ealhswith, wife of King Alfred the Great, established the Nunnaminster (St Mary’s Abbey) at Winchester. Spoilers ahead. She was buried in the Old Minster next to Alfred. Alfred was initially buried in the Old Minster at Winchester. Aelswith is fiercely loyal and protective of her husband, King Alfred. [6] Butterworth has also appeared in single episodes in 2015 as Holly in DCI Banks and Lucy Hamilton in WPC 56 (TV series), both in 2015. Their next child was a son who would be known as Edward the Elder. She is a medieval marvel, but – as the daughter of Alfred the Great, and ultimately succeeded by her nephew Æthelstan – Æthelflæd has been overshadowed by the men in her life. She was prevented from finishing her project by death but her son Edward the Elder completed the foundation and dedicated his daughter Eadburh as a nun. He merely owned a few estates in the north-east. He eventually styled himself as the "King of the Anglo-Saxons", and is driven by a vision for a united Kingdom of all the English (England). Alfred and Aethelred took their troops to Nottingham and began a siege. We know very little about Ealhswith’s life. Sounds like mythology to me Martin. Alfred died on October 26, 899. A subreddit for "The Last Kingdom," the BBC/Netflix television show set in medieval England. That is a real shame about the town not honoring it’s history. The Last Kingdom soundtrack is available now on CD, vinyl and streaming. He and his army had left the fort to go raiding leaving his wife and children behind with just a handful of guards. The Last Kingdom (TV Series 2015– ) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. At Christmas in January of 878, the Viking leader Guthrum made a surprise attack on Alfred’s royal palace at Chippenham. Season four of The Last Kingdom is widely expected to cover books seven and eight of Bernard Cornwell’s saga, The Pagan Lord and The Empty Throne.Alfred the Great is dead, as is his ever-conniving nephew Aethelwold; Alfred’s son Edward the Elder sits on the throne of Wessex; his daughter Aethelflaed is wed to the ruler of Mercia; … While Uhtred spends most of Season 1 fighting Alfred’s battles, abandoning his Viking upbringing, and making it with a woman from every kingdom, Alfred’s wife, Queen Aelswith schemes behind the scenes. Ealhswith’s mother was a scholar named Eadburgh who was well known at court. [3], In 2017 Butterworth appeared in two short films, "(A Very) Ham Fisted Steak Out" by Maximilian G. L. Ward, also "Sometimes I Miss Them" by Yukie Mochizuki. In my hometown of Gainsborough it is only the older generations who really know of Ealhswith. She married Count Baldwin of Flanders in 893 and was an ancestress of Matilda of Flanders who married William the Conqueror. Eliza Butterworth Eliza is a recent graduate of RADA and plays Aelswith, the wife of Alfred. The show is an adaption of Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling series of historical novels known as "The Saxon Stories." [4] Butterworth then undertook a three-year acting course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and graduated with BA Hons in Acting in 2014. No worries about the ramble Glen. Their last child was a son named Aethelweard, born c. 880. Alfred succeeded his brother Aethelred as King of Wessex in 871. Another daughter named Aethelgifu was born c. 869 and would become the Abbess of Shaftesbury. She was known as the Lady of the Mercians. It was the beginning of an affliction that would last for the rest of his life. Yes Princess! It was the beginning of an affliction that would last for the rest of his life. Asser tells us he was the ealdorman of the Gaini around Gainsborough. Eliza Butterworth is an English actress best known for playing Aelswith the wife of King Alfred the Great and mother of King Edward in The Last Kingdom, as Holly in DCI Banks, and as Lucy Hamilton in WPC 56 (TV series) both in 2015. Reblogged this on Lenora's Culture Center and Foray into History and commented: He also gave her his estate at Eddington, the site of his great victory over Guthrum. I had read that after Guthrum’s attack on Chippenham he held Ealhswith captive. Content from both the books and the TV series are welcome! She was responsible for the four stages of the foundation: construction of the monastic buildings, assembling the group of nuns to inhabit the Nunnaminster, the appointment of the first abbess who was named Aethelthryth and for the provision of the community’s endowment. He would show a strong interest in books and learning and was educated at his father’s school at court. Aelswith takes an immediate dislike to Uhtred, who she sees as a threat to her beloved husband. She was the daughter of Aethelred Mucil, an east Mercian nobleman. The show is an adaption of Bernard Cornwell’s best-selling series of historical novels known as "The Saxon Stories." King Burhred of Mercia was invaded by the “Great Army” of Scandinavians and they had camped out near Nottingham. To seal the alliance with Mercia, Alfred and Ealhswith were married. Ealhswith or Ealswitha (died 5 December 902) was the wife of King Alfred the Great.Her father was a Mercian nobleman, Æthelred Mucel, Ealdorman of the Gaini, which is thought to be an old Mercian tribal group.Her mother was Eadburh, a member of the Mercian royal family, and according to the historian Richard Abels she was a descendant of King Cenwulf of Mercia. For all … Ealhswith was a Mercian princess who married Alfred, Anglo-Saxon king of Wessex. Burhred sent a message to Alfred and Aethelred, appealing for help in the fight. King Alfred had little control over Cornwall. The Last Kingdom is on Netflix now and the series is based on the books called The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell. The Battle of Eddington was fought in May of 878 and Alfred was victorious. He was the King of the Wessex. Aelswith is fiercely loyal and protective of her husband, King Alfred. Battles and war was the way of life, even in this era!!!!! […] Ealhswith, Wife of Alfred the Great, Anglo-Saxon King of Wessex […], […] more centrally located in Wessex. We recall that the fourth season of The Last Kingdom, we saw many disputes between the Saxons after Alfred’s death, as her wife Aelswith accepted her loss and the disputes of her children. The ceremony took place in the royal vill of Sutton Courtenay. They have missed on many way in which to make that town a very big historical tourist attraction. Alfred succeeded his brother Aethelred as King of Wessex in 871. Stephen Graham. [5], In 2020, Butterworth appeared as Heston in the television miniseries The North Water (miniseries) alongside Colin Farrell and I didn’t realize they had a church there that might be the site of the marriage! © Carnival Film & Television Limited 2016 | a division of NBCUniversal International Studios | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy Butterworth is best known for playing a lead role as Aelswith the wife of King Alfred the Great, played by David Dawson, in three series of the BBC/Netflix production The Last Kingdom from 2014 to 2020, and mother of King Edward in series 4. Ealhswith and Alfred had five children who survived and she may have had other children who died in infancy. All the children were educated as Alfred was an ardent advocate of education. ... A subreddit for "The Last Kingdom," the BBC/Netflix television show set in medieval England. They even built a small housing estate on a Civil War Battlefield!!!!! [8][9], "Exclusive: The cast of The Last Kingdom talk all about Season 3 & how Netflix will change the show", "Eliza Butterworth - currently filming for the BBC Two four-part thriller THE NORTH WATER,", "The Last Kingdom series 4 : Premier date, cast, trailer, spoilers, recap", "When is The Last Kingdom season 4 released on Netflix? In 868, Alfred married Ealhswith, daughter of the Mercian nobleman Æthelred Mucel, ealdorman of the Gaini, and his wife Eadburh, who was of royal Mercian descent. The Last Kingdom is set in ninth-century England when Alfred the Great ruled Wessex and eventually became King of the Anglo-Saxons. On the show, King Alfred is, of course, based on Alfred the great, therefore the show's era is accurate to his … Eliza Butterworth is an English actress best known for playing Aelswith the wife of King Alfred the Great and mother of King Edward in The Last Kingdom, as Holly in DCI Banks, and as Lucy Hamilton in WPC 56 (TV series) both in 2015. A treaty was negotiated delineating boundaries for the kingdoms of Alfred and Guthrum. In the year 868, Alfred and his brother King Aethelred were campaigning, trying to rid England of the Vikings. There was feasting and gift-giving that lasted long into the night. Although I think it was a very narrow escape for the whole family. Further reading: “Alfred the Great: The Man Who Made England” by Justin Pollard, “The Royal Saints of Anglo-Saxon England: A Study of West Saxon and East Anglian Cults” by Susan J. Ridyard, “The Kings and Queens of Anglo-Saxon England” by Timothy Venning, “Alfred the Great” by David Sturdy, “The Royal Line of Succession” by Hugo Vickers, “Alfred the Great: Asser’s Life of King Alfred and Other Contemporary Sources” Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Simon Keynes and Michael Lapidge, […] মার্সিয়ান (Mercian) রাজকেন্দ্রের বংশধর এলসওইথ (Ealhswith) এর সাথে বিবাহ বন্ধনে আবদ্ধ হন। […], […] endowment of nunneries and monasteries was carried out by both the kings and queens. Your email address will not be published. The assault caught Haesten by surprise. She would marry Aethelred of Mercia and became a formidable warrior who fought the Vikings and won. I love that you see the details. Butterworth came from Lincolnshire, in England, but is half American with American citizenship. He succeeded his father as king of Wessex when Alfred died. What is the plot of The Last Kingdom season four?. Gisela’s death in book five, The Burning Land, happened in the first episode of The Last Kingdom season three. In his will, he designated that Ealhswith be given one hundred pounds in cash along with two great estates in Berkshire. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. [5] Butterworth sings Alto, Mezzo-Soprano, dances Ballroom, Flamenco and plays Percussion. Ealhswith survived Alfred by three years and died on December 5, 902. She’s devout, dangerously so, and not afraid of a … Women at that period in history did not have the voices they should have. She may have dedicated the land of an urban estate that she owned there for the institution. Pious, haughty, and often quite snippy, she is an unpopular figure in Alfred's court. This may be an ancient tribe of Mercia. “A queen by title, but in deeds a king.”. But she was the mother of illustrious children and she is remembered as “the true and beloved lady of the English”. Alfred fled with Ealhswith and his family to the rough and desolate island of Athelney in Somerset where they lived for about four months. Is this just mythology or was there some truth in it? Ealhswith and Alfred had five children who survived and she may have had other children who died in infancy. Abbot Eadred (David Schofield) experiences a holy vision that tells him Guthred, the rightful king of … [3] She attended the Lincoln Minster School from the age of 4 all the way to the age of 18. Alfred led guerilla attacks on the Vikings and made plans for a huge offensive against Guthrum. So consequently, with the failure to invest in new industry and jobs and what the towns council have done to the town, I moved to Doncaster where their history is still celebrated. I was appalled. The Last Kingdom: 10 Worst Things Uhtred Has Done. In The Last Kingdom, Edward and Aelflaed marry for strategic purposes, to secure his claim to the throne and produce legitimate heirs. Thank you, always learning!!!!!! I thought this was really interesting, Susan. Alfred dies in 899, incredible all is great info, and in Christmas was in January, you know little details when I read I see the small details!!!! [7] The same year, Butterworth finished filming series 4 of The Last Kingdom in October 2019, which is anticipated to be aired by Netflix on April 26, 2020. Cast, trailer and plot", Emptag Hallett Talent Company – Eliza Butterworth, The Last Kingdom video - A Day In The Life with Eliza Butterworth, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Eliza_Butterworth&oldid=994267228, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 14 December 2020, at 21:30. All The Last Kingdom fans are eager to know details of season 5 of the series, but especially about the possible return of actor David Dawson as King Alfred. Well done! Awesome blog. If the character Aelflaed is … Ealhswith was a Mercian princess who married Alfred, Anglo-Saxon king of Wessex. The cast and characters of The Last Kingdom season four on Netflix, including Alexander Dreymon as Uhtred of Bebbanburg ... inner circle when Alfred died, as his surviving wife … Aethelflaed, The Lady of the Mercians, ruled the prominent English midland kingdom for seven years following the death of Aethelred. Their first child was a daughter, Aethelflaed who was born c. 868. 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The series follows King Alfred (played by … Learn how your comment data is processed. [4] Whilst training at RADA, Butterworth performed lead roles in "The Daughter in Law" and "The Witch of Edmonton". But the festivities were interrupted when Alfred fell ill. We don’t really know what the illness was but he seemed to suffer from some intestinal disorder. Alfred, who is played by David Dawson, is one of the central characters in the BBC historical epic The Last Kingdom, which follows the fictional hero Uhtred. Alfred’s wife, Aelswith, is the most annoying character ever [No Spoilers] Close. […]. He even allied with Uhtred. One was Lambourn and the other was Wantage where Alfred was born. But she was the mother of illustrious children and she is remembered as “the true and beloved lady of the English”. Alfred of Wessex was a main character in both The Saxon Stories novel series, and The Last Kingdom television series. She was never called queen and she never witnessed any charters during Alfred’s administration. Thanks for reading. Edward finished his father’s project of building the New Minster at Winchester and had his parents relics transferred there when it was completed. 3. So his son was educated in his father school at court, that is very interesting!!!!!!