Aethelstan-------------------Eadgar

England: The Saxon Period

c. 600 to 1066 A.D.

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Edmund I, 'the Magnificent': 27th October 939 - 26th May 946

Edmund was born c. 921, to Edward the Elder and Edgiva of Kent. He ascended the throne 27th October 939. His coronation was at Kingston-upon-Thames, 29th November 939.

Edmund fought alongside his half-brother, Athelstan, at the Battle of Brunanburh. As king he retrieved part of Northumbria conquered by the Norse King of York, Olaf Guthfrithson, and defeated the Britons of Strathclyde, which he turned over to the King of the Scots. By 944 his authority was acknowledged throughout England.

Edmund was fatally stabbed in an attempt to arrest an outlaw named Liofa at Pucklechurch, Gloucestershire, 26th May 946 and was buried in Glastonbury Abbey.


Edred: 26th May 946 - 23rd November 955

Eadred was born c. 923, to Edward the Elder and Edgiva of Kent. He ascended the throne 26th May 946. His coronation was at Kingston-upon-Thames, 16th August 946.

In spite of health problems Edred, younger brother of Edmund, proved to be an effective war leader, who expelled the Norsemen of York by defeating their leader, Eric Bloodaxe (died 954).

He died in Frome, Somerset 23rd November 955 and was buried in Winchester Cathedral.


Eadwig 'the Fair': 23rd November 955 - 1st October 959

Eadwig was born c. 941, to Edward the Elder and Edgiva of Kent. He ascended the throne 23rd November 955. His coronation was at Kingston-upon-Thames, c. 26th January 956.

At his coronation feast, Eadwig was found cavorting with one Aelfgifu and/or her mother Aethelgifu. This antagonized the archbishop of Canterbury, Oda and the Abbot of Glastonbury (Saint) Dunstan. Eadwig later married Aelgifu but this was later annulled against their will (On the grounds of incest since they were third cousins, once removed).

Frustrated by the king's impositions and supported by Archbishop Odo, the Thanes of Mercia and Northumbria switched their allegiance to Eadwig's brother Edgar. In 957, rather than see the country descend into civil war, the nobles agreed to divide the kingdom along the Thames, with Eadwig keeping Wessex and Kent in the south and Edgar ruling in the north.

Eadwig died in suspicious circumstances at Gloucester on 1st October 959 and was buried in Winchester Cathedral.

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