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King Edward The Martyr (975 - 978)


Name: King Edward The Martyr
Born: c.963
Parents: Edgar and Ethelfleda
Relation to Elizabeth II: 28th great-granduncle
House of: Wessex
Ascended to the throne: July 8, 975
Crowned: 975 at Kingston-upon-Thames, aged c.13
Married: Unmarried
Children: None
Died: March 18, 978 at Corfe Castle (murdered)
Buried at: Wareham reburied Shaftesbury
Reigned for: 2 years, 8 months, and 10 days
Succeeded by: his half brother Ethelred

Elder son of King Edgar, he succeeded to the throne as a boy of 12, and in so doing, aroused rival claims to the throne from his even younger half-brother, Aethelred II, the Unready. He was murdered by members of Aethelred's household at Corfe Castle in 978.

Timeline for King Edward The Martyr

Year Event
97513 year old Edward succeeds to the throne
978Edward the Martyr murdered at Corfe Castle