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King Edwy (Eadwig) (955 - 959)


Name: King Edwy (Eadwig)
Born: c.940
Parents: Edmund and Elgiva
Relation to Elizabeth II: 29th great-granduncle
House of: Wessex
Ascended to the throne: November 23, 955
Crowned: January 26, 956 at Kingston-upon-Thames, aged c.15
Married: Ælgifu
Children: None
Died: October 1, 959 at Gloucester
Buried at: Gloucester
Reigned for: 3 years, 10 months, and 7 days
Succeeded by: his brother Edgar

King 955-959. Reportedly murdered by Canute. Historians have not treated Eadwig well, and it is unfortunate for him that he ran afoul of the influential Bishop Dunstan early in his reign. Legend has it that his coronation had to be delayed while Dunstan dislodged him from a bed where he was lying between his sweetheart and her equally amorous Mother.

Dunstan was, after that incident, never exactly a favourite of Eadwig's, and it may be fair to say that Eadwig even hated Dunstan, for he apparently exiled him soon after this. Eadwig went on to marry Ælgifu, the girl with whom he was keeping company at the time of Dunstan's intrusion. For her part, " the strumpet" was eventually referred to as among "the most illustrious of women", and Eadwig, in his short reign, was generous in making grants to the church and other religious institutions. He died when he was barely 20.

Timeline for King Edwy (Eadwig)

Year Event
955Edwy crowned at Kingston-upon-Thames
956Dunstan sent into exile by Edwy
957Mercians and Northumbrians rebel against Edwy
959Edwy dies in Gloucester