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House of Wessex - King Athelstan


Name: King Athelstan
Father: Edward the Elder
Mother: Ecgywn
Born: c.895
Ascended to the throne: July 17, 924
Crowned: September 4, 925 at Kingston-upon-Thames, aged c.30
Married: Unmarried
Children: None
Died: October 27, 940 at Gloucester
Buried at: Malmesbury

King of England 92439. The son of Edward the Elder, Athelstan brought about English unity by ruling both Mercia and Wessex. He defeated an invasion by Scots, Irish, and the men of Strathclyde at Brunanburh in 937. He overcame the Scandinavian kingdom based in York and increased English power on the Welsh and Scottish borders.

Timeline for King Athelstan

YearEvent
924 Athelstan becomes King of Wessex and Mercia on the death of his father Edward the Elder.
926 Athelstan annexes Northumbria, and forces the kings of Wales, Strathclyde, the Picts, and the Scots to submit to him
926 Athelstan marries his sister to Sihtric the Viking King of York to cement his ties with the North
934 Athelstan invades Scotland
937 Battle of Brunanburh: Athelstan defeats alliance of Scots, Celts, Danes, and Vikings, and takes the title of King of all Britain
940 Athelstan dies at Gloucester and is buried at Malmesbury.