Edward’s cousin, Aethelwold, rose up against Edward claiming that he should be King. He received support in the North and was made King of York. The Vikings in the north agreed to support him.
A son, Edwin, was born to King Edward and his wife Aelfflaed. This date is estimated based on the fact that Edwin is named as a second charter witness after his half-brother.
Aethelwold and the northern Vikings sailed to East Anglia where they allied themselves to the East Anglian Vikings and prepared to invade Wessex.
Edward’s sister, Aethelflaed, gave a group of Norsemen led by Ingimund, that had been expelled from Dublin, permission to settle in the Wirral.
902 (13th December)
Battle of the Holme
This battle was fought between King Edward and Aethelwold and the Vikings. The exact location is unknown but is thought to be in East Anglia. Although Edward was defeated, during the battle Aethelwold and Eohric, Viking King of East Anglia were killed leaving Edward’s place as King secure.
Edward made peace with the East Anglian and Northumbrian Danes. It is likely that Edward made some kind of payment in exchange for peace.
Aethelflaed and her husband Aethelred of Mercia fortified the town of Chester. This gave them control of the lower Dee and also a fortified, protected Burh to use as base from which to harry the Northumbrian Danes.
King Edward’s forces made a number of successful raids into Northumbria.