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King Edmund (939 - 946)

Name: King Edmund
Born: c.922
Parents: Edward the Elder and Edgiva
Relation to Charles III: 31st great-grandfather
House of: Wessex
Ascended to the throne: October 27, 939
Crowned: November 29, 939 at Kingston-upon-Thames, aged c.18
Married: 1) Elgiva (2) Ethelfleda
Children: 2 sons Edwy and Edgar
Died: May 26, 946 at Pucklechurch near Bath (murdered)
Buried at: Glastonbury
Reigned for: 6 years, 6 months, 28 days
Succeeded by: his brother Edred

King of England 93946. The son of Edward the Elder, he succeeded his half-brother, Athelstan, as king in 939. He succeeded in regaining control of Mercia, which on his accession had fallen to the Norse inhabitants of Northumbria, and of the Five Boroughs, an independent confederation within the Danelaw. He then moved on to subdue the Norsemen in Cumbria and finally extended his rule as far as southern Scotland. As well as uniting England, he bolstered his authority by allowing St Dunstan to reform the Benedictine order. He was killed in 946 at Pucklechurch, Gloucestershire, by an outlawed robber.

Timeline for King Edmund

Year Event
939Edmund becomes King. Scandinavian forces from Northumbria overrun the East Midlands.
942Edmund re-establishes control over Northumbria and rules a united England.
943Edmund extends his rule into southern Scotland,
945Dunstan becomes abbot of Glastonbury Abbey
945Edmund conquers Strathclyde, but Cumbria is annexed by the Scots.
946Edmund murdered at a party in Pucklechurch