King Edmund I of England 921 – 946

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King Edmund I

Father – Edward the Elder
Mother – Eadgifu of Kent
Spouse – Aelfgifu of Shaftesbury, Aethelflaed of Damerham
Children – Eadwig, Edgar
King of England – 939 – 946
Predecessor – Aethelstan
Successor –Eadred

 

 

921 (during)
King Edmund I was born to King Edward the Elder, and Eadgifu daughter of the Ealdorman of Kent. Eadgifu was Edward the Elder’s third wife.
923 (during)
Edmund’s brother, Eadred, was born to Edward and Eadgifu.
924 (17th July)
King Edward the Elder died whilst leading the army against a Welsh-Mercian rebellion.
924 (17th July)
Edward the Elder’s eldest son by his first wife, Edmund’s half-brother, Aethelstan, became King either immediately or after the death of Aelfweard, eldest son of Edward the Elder by his second wife, who died on 2nd August 924.
925 (4th September)
King Aethelstan was crowned at Kingston upon Thames by Athelm, Archbishop of Canterbury.
937 (October)
Battle of Brunanburh
Edmund fought in this battle between the English led by King Athelstan, and the combined forces of Constantine of Scotland, Owain of Strathclyde and Olaf Guthfrithson, King of Dublin. The battle lasted all day but King Aethelstan and the English were victorious.
939 (27th October)
Edmund succeeded to the throne as King Edmund I after Aethelstan died at Gloucester.
939 (29th November)
Edmund was crowned King of England.
940 (around)
King Edmund I 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.
941 (during)
Oda was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury.
941 (during)
Olaf III Guthfrithson of Northumbria and Mercia was killed during a raid. He was succeeded by Olaf Sihtricson who was not as strong as his predecessor. Edmund attacked and was able to take back Mercia. Olaf retained control of York.
943 (during)
A son, Edgar, was born to Edmund and Aelfgifu.
943
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.
944 (18th May)
Aelfgifu, Edmund’s wife, died.
944 (after May)
Edmund married Aethelflaed of Damerham, daughter of the Ealdorman of Essex.
945 (during)
King Edmund I conquered Strathclyde and formed an alliance with Malcolm I of Scotland.
945 (Summer)
Edmund’s nephew, Louis, son of Charles the Simple of France and Eadgifu, Edmund’s half-sister, was captured by Duke Hugh of Normandy. Edmund sent threatening messages to Hugh which secured the release of Louis.
946 (26th May)
Edmund I was murdered in Pucklechurch by Leofa, a thief who he had exiled. He was succeeded by his brother Eadred because his own sons were too young to take the throne.

 

 

Published Jul 16, 2016 @ 9:29 am – Updated – Aug 12, 2019 @ 11:55 am

 

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2016 – 2019). King Edmund I of England 921 – 946. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/edmund-i-921-946/ Last accessed October 23rd, 2019

 

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