Aelswith is, at times, a more formidable ruler than her husband – she wants to take quicker, more decisive action to deal with their enemies. Her ongoing feud with Uhtred is because she sees him as a threat who could turn on them, and lead her husband and her children astray, and her Te knows the best way to stop him is to kill him. She always takes the most direct method in dealing with others – asserting her authority, delegating to others, easily managing creating alliances, and choosing profitable marriages for her children. She attends to the immediate needs of the empire, building off how things have traditionally been done, to expand their influence and hold onto her power (seeking profitable alliances). Much of her dislike of Uhtred is built up of personal experiences with him, in which she has seen him time and again defy direct orders, deny the faith she holds dear, assert himself in ways she does not agree with, and challenge Alfred. Alfred must often explain his far-sighted visionary thinking to her, since she does not share his natural ease of considering the “big picture,” and how Uhtred will be a valuable asset to their son during his reign – all she sees is her own past experiences and anxiety about the future. Her blind spot is her emotions, which she continually denies and tries to hide. She cannot understand why Alfred is so “open-minded” toward a pagan. He even admits later on that she is “in mourning,” but doesn’t know how to talk about or show it, other than to be domineering.

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For Aelswith, it is all about making instant decisions from her gut – what she does and does not like or agree with, which is often tied to the “right” and “moral” way to do things. Her primary issue with Uhtred is his lack of respect for her husband’s authority and his paganism. She can be rigid in her views, critical of others’ behaviors (especially her husband, whom she admits she was angry with in their youth because he did “what all men do” – cheated on her), and zealous in her desire to force reform down people’s throats. Her 9 wing makes her a little more reserved and colder in her judgments than a 2 wing would; she does not like conflict, but never backs down from her opinion. She clings to the Church as a place of “security,” which also helps her feel “morally correct” (even though some of her behaviors are hypocritical).