As Alfred's oldest nephew, Aethelwold would have taken Alfred's place as King if it weren't for his age. He holds a grudge against Alfred as a result. Immature and petulant, Aethelwold has led a sheltered life. He wants to stake his claim on the throne, but drinking and womanizing take priority. Despite his flaws, there is good in Aethelwold and a bond develops with fellow misfit, Uhtred.