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Osburga (mother of King Alfred the Great) > Biography

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Given Names: Osburga  Family Name:
 
Born:
Unknown place
Died:
Unknown place
  English/Scottish Royal Blood: 0%   [?] Buried: Unknown place
 
Father: Oslac Unknown birth/death dates
 
Marriage: Ethelwulf, King of the English About 800 - 13 Jan 858
  Date: About 835 His Age: 35 Her Age: Unknown
  Place:  Unknown place
  Offspring:
+0  Ethelbald, King of the English About 831 - 20 Dec 860
+0  Ethelbert, King of the English About 835 - 865
+2  Ethelred I, King of the English Before 843 - 23 Apr 871
+6  Alfred, King of the English About 849 - 25 Oct 899
+0  Ethelswyth About 843 - 889
+0  Ethelstan Unknown birth/death dates
  (The number to the left of each offspring indicates the total number of children for that person.)
 

Notes
  • Osburga was described by Asser, in his biography of her son Alfred, as a "devout woman, noble by birth and by nature."
     
  • Because a well-known story about the childhood of King Alfred has his mother Osburga offering a book of poems to whichever of her children memorized a poem first, some historians think she may have been able to read, a very rare accomplishment for a woman of her day.
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