King Aethelstan of England 895 – 939

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Father – Edward the Elder
Mother – Ecgwynn
Spouse – Unmarried
Children – No children
King of England – 924 – 939
Predecessor – Edward the Elder
Successor –Edmund I



895 (during)
Aethelstan, was born to Edward, son of Alfred the Great, and Ecgwynn. Historians are divided on the subject of whether or not Aethelstan was illegitimate.
Aethelstan was placed into the care of his father’s sister Aethelflaed of Mercia.
899 (during)
Aethelstan’s father, Edward married Aelfflaed, daughter of the ealdorman of Wiltshire
899 (26th October)
King Alfred died. Aethelstan’s father Edward, known as Edward The Elder, became King of the Angles and Saxons.
900 (8th June)
Edward was crowned King of the Angles and Saxons.
902 (during)
A daughter, Eadgifu, Aethelstan’s half-sister, was born to Edward and his wife Aelfflaed.
904 (during)
A son Aelfweard, Aethelstan’s half-brother, was born to Edward and his wife Aelfflaed.
906 (around)
A son, Edwin, Aethelstan’s half-brother, was born to Edward and Aelfflaed. This date is estimated using the knowledge that Edwin was younger than Aelfweard.
910 (during)
A daughter Eadgyth, Aethelstan’s half-sister, was born to Edward and Aelfflaed.
911 (during)
A daughter, Eadgifu, Aethelstan’s half-sister, was born to Edward and his wife Aelfflaed.
916 (during)
Aethelstan’s half-sister, Eadgifu, married Charles the Simple, King of the Franks. This date is disputed and may have been 918.
919 (during)
Aethelstan’s father, Edward, married Eadgifu daughter of the ealdorman of Kent
921 (during)
A son, Edmund, Aethelstan’s half-brother was born to Edward and Eadgifu
924 (17th July)
Edward died leading the army against a Welsh-Mercian rebellion.
924 (17th July)
Edward’s eldest son, Aethelstan, became King either immediately or after the death of his half-brother Aelfweard who died on 2nd August 924.
925 (4th September)
Aethelstan was crowned at Kingston upon Thames by Athelm, Archbishop of Canterbury.
926 (January)
Aethelstan married one of his sisters to Sihtric, the Viking ruler of Northumbria.
927 (during)
Sihtric of Northumbria died. He was succeeded by a son from a previous marriage who did not support an alliance with Aethelstan. Aethelstan therefore invaded Northumbria and captured York.
927 (12th July)
King Constantine of Scotland, King Owain of Strathclyde and Ealdred of Bamburgh agreed the Treaty of Eamont accepting Aethelstan as ruler of Northumbria securing peace in the North.
931 (during)
Aethelstan met with the Welsh rulers at Hereford where they paid homage to Aethelstan as their ruler.
933 (during)
Aethelstan’s half-brother Edwin drowned. Aethelstan may have been complicit in his death since Edwin had been against Aethelstan becoming King.
934 (May)
Aethelstan marched north to invade Scotland. His motivation is unclear but possibly because Constantine of Scotland broke the peace treaty of 927.
937 (October)
Battle of Brunanburh
This battle, fought between Athelstan and the combined forces of Constantine of Scotland, Owain of Strathclyde and Olaf Guthfrithson King of Dublin lasted all day but saw Aethelstan victorious.
939 (27th October)
Aethelstan died at Gloucester. He was succeeded by his half-brother Edmund.



Published Jul 15, 2016 @ 7:51 pm – Updated – Mar 13, 2018 @ 8:40 pm


Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2016 – 2018). Aethelstan 895 – 939 Timeline. Available: Last Accessed March 21st, 2019


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