b. ?
d. 2 Aug 924 (buried at Winchester)

Title: Rex (King) (see note on royal styles)
Term: after 17 Jul - 2 Aug 924
Chronology: after 17 Jul 924, recognized as king in Wessex after the death of his father, Eadweard the Elder
  2 Aug 924, died

Ælfweard was the son of King Eadweard the Elder, who probably intended a division of the kingdom after his death, between Æthelstan (in Mercia) and Ælfweard (in Wessex). It is conjectured, however, that the political establishment in Wessex chose Ælfweard, and that the establishment in Mercia set up Æthelstan in opposition to him. Ælfweard outlived his father by a couple of weeks and eventually Æthelstan succeeded to the whole kingdom. Biography sources: [1][2][3]

[1] Handbook of British Chronology (1986)
[2] "The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle," ed. and trans. by G.N. Garmonsway (Everyman Press, London, 1953, reissued 1972, 1994).
[3] "The Blackwell Encyclopædia of Anglo-Saxon England", ed. by Michael Lapidge (Oxford, Blackwell, 1999).
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