2021-03-11 19:15:30 UTC
I have been studying the House of Wessex and are trying to find out if the dynasty continued beyond the 1120s with the death of Edgar Ætheling. There are quite a few people named ‘Ætheling’ in pipe rolls and other legal records long after Edgar died. With Ætheling meaning prince and was commonly used by Anglo-Saxon princes, it is possible that they could be descended from Edgar but they could have also been descended from the House of Godwin or the Knytlingas.
There are also multiple claims of parentage of Edgar, these being
1. Silvestro Ætheling, barone di Milacca di San Lorenzo (b. 1071. d. 1148), supposedly an illegitimate son fathered in Italy in 1071, though around this time Edgar was occupied in Britain, the main source for this claim are dodgy Maltese genealogy websites based on poorly documented lines. Edgar did go to Italy, but around 15 years later in 1086.
2. Matilda (d. 1146/47), wife of Guiges III, Count of Albon, she is referred to as the ‘Queen of England’ in chronicles, which has caused many to speculate that she was a daughter of Edgar, but now the common belief is that she was a daughter of Roger I of Sicily with his second wife. I honestly don’t see the link between Sicily and England at that time except the fact that they were both ruled by Normans. Matilda wasn’t an Anglo-Saxon name, and rather a name more popular with the Normans, which has led me to speculate that she was an illegitimate daughter of William the Conqueror.
3. Margaret, wife of Ralph Lovel II of Castle Carey and Thomas de Londres. The source for this claim is a Huntingdon Chronicle mentioned in the article ‘Companions of the Atheling’ by Geoffrey Barlow, which states that Margaret was the daughter of Edgar.
Did he have any children? This question has been asked a couple of times here
but with no straight answer.