Father – Unknown
Mother – Unknown
Spouse – Edgar (943 – 975)
Children – Eadgyth
Wulfthryth was born. Her parents are unknown but she is recorded as being of noble birth and may have been descended from Aethelred. Details of her early life are not known but at some point she entered Wilton Abbey.
Wulfthryth was abducted from the Abbey by King Edgar who took her to his home at Kemsing, Sevenoaks, Kent. The two began a liaison and she became pregnant. It is not known whether or not Edgar married Wulfthryth.
A daughter, Eadgyth, was born to Wulfthryth and King Edgar at Sevenoaks.
Wulfthryth returned to the abbey at Wilton, taking her daughter with her.
Wulfthryth became abbess of Wilton. She remained on good terms with King Edgar who made grants of money to the abbey.
975 (8th July)
King Edgar died. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward.
978 (18th March)
King Edward was murdered in Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset. It is believed that he was murdered by men acting on the orders of Edward’s step-mother Aelfthryth, mother of Aethelred who succeeded to the throne.
984 (15th September)
Wulfthryth’s daughter, Eadgyth, died. She was buried at Wilton. She was later made a saint.
Wulfthryth died and was buried in St Mary’s Church, Wilton. She was later made a saint.
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Heather Y Wheeler. (2018 – 2020). Wulfthryth of Wilton 937 – 1000. https://www.thetimelinegeek.com/wulfthryth-of-wilton-937-1000/