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)
A son, Edmund was born to King Edward the Elder, and Eadgifu daughter of the Ealdorman of Kent.
923 (during)
Edmund’s brother, Eadred, was born to Edward and Eadgifu.
924 (17th July)
King 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.
937 (October)
Battle of Brunanburh Edmund fought in this battle between the English led by Athelstan and the combined forces of Constantine of Scotland, Owain of Strathclyde and Olaf Guthfrithson King of Dublin. The battle lasted all day but Aethelstan and the English were victorious.
939 (27th October)
Edmund succeeded to the throne when Aethelstan died at Gloucester.
939 (29th November)
Edmund was crowned King of England.
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.
941 (during)
Oda was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury.
941 (during)
Olaf III Guthfrithson was killed during a raid. He was succeeded by Olaf Sitricson who was not as strong as his predecessor. Edmund attacked and was able to take back Mercia.
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)
Edmund 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 had been exiled by Edmund. He was succeeded by his brother Eadred.

 

 

Published Jul 16, 2016 @ 9:29 am – Updated – Mar 14, 2018 @ 2:12 pm

 

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2016). King Edmund I of England 921 – 946. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/edmund-i-921-946/ Last accessed July 15th, 2019

 

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