King Eadred of England 923 – 955


King Eadred

Father – Edward the Elder
Mother – Eadgifu of Kent
Spouse – Unmarried
Children – No children
King of England – 946 – 955
Predecessor – Edmund I
Successor –Eadwig



923 (during)
A son, Eadred was born to King Edward the Elder, son of Alfred the Great, and Eadgifu daughter of the Ealdorman of Kent.
924 (17th July)
King Edward died leading the army against a Welsh-Mercian rebellion.
924 (17th July)
Edward’s eldest son, Eadred’s half brother, Aethelstan, became King either immediately or after the death of his half-brother Aelfweard who died on 2nd August 924
939 (27th October)
Eadred’s elder brother Edmund succeeded to the throne when Aethelstan died at Gloucester.
939 or 940
Edmund married Aelfgifu the benefactor of Shaftesbury Abbey.
940 (early)
The Viking Olaf III Guthfrithson, with the support of the Archbishop of York, Wulfstan, conquered Northumbria and invaded Mercia.
941 (during)
A son, Eadwig, was born to Edmund and Aelfgifu.
943 (during)
A son, Edgar, was born to Edmund and Aelfgifu
943 (during)
Constantine, King of Scotland gave up the throne to become a monk. He was succeeded by Malcolm I.
943 (during)
Edmund made an alliance with King Olaf of York. Edmund became godfather to Olaf.
944 (during)
Edmund re-took Northumbria from the Vikings
944 (during)
King Olaf of York was unable to retain his throne and so left England for Ireland where he became King of Dublin.
945 (during)
Edmund conquered Strathclyde and formed an alliance with Malcolm I of Scotland
946 (26th May)
Edmund I was murdered in Pucklechurch by Leofa, a thief who had been exiled by Edmund. Eadred succeeded to the throne over his two young nephews who were deemed too young to rule.
946 (16th August)
Eadred was crowned King of England by Archbishop Oda of Canterbury at Kingston upon Thames.
947 (during)
The Viking Eric Bloodaxe took over leadership of Northumbria.
948 (during)
Eadred mounted a campaign to re-take Northumbria and marched north to Ripon where he gained the submission of Northumbria at Tanshelf.
949 (during)
The former ruler of York, Olaf Sihtricson, godson of Eadred’s brother Edmund, returned to the North of England and was accepted as ruler of Northumbria.
952 (during)
Olaf Sihtricson was replaced by Eric Bloodaxe as ruler of Northumbria.
952 (during)
Eadred captured and imprisoned Archbishop Wulfstan of York.
954 (during)
The Northumbrians expelled Eric Bloodaxe, who was subsequently killed, and returned their allegiance to Eadred. The norsemen would never again rule in England.
955 (23rd November)
Eadred suffered from a digestive disorder that prevented him from properly digesting food and he died at the age of 32 years at Frome, Somerset. He was succeeded by his nephew Eadwig.



Published Jul 15, 2016 @ 11:47 pm – Updated – Mar 14, 2018 @ 2:13 pm


Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2016 – 2018). King Eadred of England 923 – 955. Available: Last Accessed June 23rd, 2019