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ætheling, or atheling from Old English of West Germanic meaning ‘race’ or ‘family’. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as a prince or lord in Anglo-Saxon England. However, it is mostly used for men of royal birth (Brittannica) even heirs to the throne, but also in a myriad of other meanings. The Wikipedia entry is actually quite detailed and informative in this case.

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The rich history of the Viking Age is a source of inspiration for my web site The Viking Age Archive, and for writing stories in general.

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