|Saint Ælfgifu (St. Elgiva) of Shaftesbury
Saint Ælfgifu (St. Elgiva) of Shaftesbury
Noted events in her life were:
• History. Saint Ælfgifu of Shaftesbury, also known as Saint Elgiva (died 944) was the first wife of Edmund I (r. 939\endash 946), by whom she bore two future kings, Eadwig (r. 955\endash 959) and Edgar (r. 959\endash 975). Like her mother Wynflæd, she had a close and special if unknown connection with the royal nunnery of Shaftesbury (Dorset), founded by King Alfred, where she was buried and soon revered as a saint. According to a pre-Conquest tradition from Winchester, her feast day is 18 May.
Ælfgifu married King Edmund I, son of King Edward the Elder and Queen Consort Eadgifu of Kent. (King Edmund I was born in 921 and died on 26 May 946.)