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Æðelflæd of Wessex (c. 871-918) was the daughter of King Ælfræd (Alfred) the Great of Wessex, traditionally the first King of England. Æðelflæd was married to Æðelræd of Mercia as a teenager, and had one daughter. After Æðelræd's death, Æðelflæd ruled Mercia in her own right for seven years until her death.

Æðelflæd did not rule alone: her and Æðelræd's daughter, Ælfwynn of Mercia, was her co-ruler. Both women were titled "Lady of the Mercians". When Æðelflæd died, Ælfwynn ruled solo for one year until she was desposed by Eadweard (Edward) the Elder, King of England.
-- Randee15  5/2/2006

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