Ask someone to name some notable early British queens, and you’ll get a lot of Boudiccas, Matildas, and Eleanors. One name you probably won’t hear is Æthelflæd, who ruled the kingdom of Mercia for over a decade in the tenth century. Maybe a lot of people still don’t know about Æthelflæd; maybe they just have a hard time typing her name. (Æthelflæd? Ælfled? Ethelfleda? Oh, you madcap Anglo-Saxons.) But from what we do know of her, it’s clear that she deserves a spot on any list of great English queens.
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