Ælfwald became king after Æthelred son of Æthelwald Moll was deposed in 778. He was murdered, probably at Chesters, by ealdorman Sicga on 23 September 788. He was buried at Hexham Abbey where he was considered a saint.
- Swanton, Michael (1996). The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. London: Phoenix. pp. 52–53.
- Swanton, Michael (1996). The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. London: Phoenix. p. 54.
- Higham, N.J., The Kingdom of Northumbria AD 350-1100. Stroud: Sutton, 1993. ISBN 0-86299-730-5
- Ælfwald 7 at Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England
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