∆thelwald of East Anglia 2454
- Marriage (1): Aelfthryth circa 956 3015
- Died: 962
He was probably the oldest son of ∆thelstan Half-King and succeeded to some of his father's offices in 956 when ∆thelstan became a monk at Glastonbury Abbey. He was a benefactor of Ramsey Abbey and a supporter of the Benedictine reform movement which began in the reign of King Edgar.
He was the first husband of ∆lfthryth who married King Edgar after ∆thelwald's death. William of Malmesbury's Gesta regum anglorum has a late account of ∆thelwald's marriage and death. According to William, the beauty of Ordgar's daughter ∆lfthryth was reported to King Edgar. Edgar, looking for a Queen, sent ∆thelwald to see ∆lfthryth, ordering him "to offer her marriage [to Edgar] if her beauty were really equal to report." When she turned out to be just as beautiful as was said, ∆thelwald married her himself and reported back to Edgar that she was quite unsuitable. Edgar was eventually told of this deception, and decided to repay ∆thelwald's betrayal in like manner. He said that he would visit the poor woman, which alarmed ∆thelwald. He asked ∆lfthryth to make herself as unattractive as possible for the king's visit, but she did the opposite. Edgar, quite besotted with her, killed ∆thelwald during a hunt.
∆thelwald was seemingly dead by 962 as he ceases to witness charters at that time. He was buried at Ramsey Abbey. His younger brother ∆thelwine succeeded to his offices.
∆thelwald married Aelfthryth, daughter of Ordgar of East Anglia and Unknown, circa 956.3015 (Aelfthryth was born circa 945 in Lydford Castle, Devon, England and died on 17 Nov 1002 in Wherwell Abbey, Hampshire, England.)
No children of ∆thelwald and ∆lfthryth are known. 2454