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Princess Riemmelth of North Rheged
(Born c.AD 600)
(Welsh: Rhiainfelt; Latin: Reginbelta; English: Regina)

Rhiainfelt was the grandaughter of Prince Rhun. She married, as his first wife, Prince (later King) Oswiu of Northumbria around 638 and thus became mother of King Alcfrith. Sadly, she appears to have died within a few years of their marriage. It has been suggested that this was a political alliance designed to pass the run-down Kingdom of Rheged into the more stable hands of Saxon Northumbria. There is little evidence to back up this theory, but the idea is appealing. Was Rhiainfelt's father, Rhoedd, really the last King of an independant Rheged?

 

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