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House of Wessex - King Edmund


Name: King Edmund
Father: Edward the Elder
Mother: Edgiva
Born: c.922
Ascended to the throne: October 27, 940
Crowned: November 29, 940 at Kingston-upon-Thames, aged c.18
Married:(1) Elgiva
Married (2): Ethelfleda
Children: 2 sons Edwy and Edgar
Died: May 26, 946 at Pucklechurch near Bath (murdered)
Buried at: Glastonbury

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

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