This timeline gives a chronological listing of the main events in English History for the years 950 – 959
The king of England for this period were: Eadred to 955 Edgar from 955
Eric Bloodaxe succeeded in taking Northumbria from Olaf Sihtricson.
King Eadred captured and imprisoned Archbishop Wulfstan of York.
The Northumbrians forced Eric Bloodaxe out of Northumbria and he was killed. The people of Northumbria gave their allegiance to Eadred.
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 also known as Edwy the Fair.
955 (after 23rd November)
King Eadwig upset a large number of nobles and Dunstan, abbot of Glastonbury, who had been an adviser to King Eadred, when he disappeared during his coronation feast only to be found in a compromising position with a young woman and her mother. Legend states that Dunstan had to drag him back to the coronation feast setting up a feud between the two that would last until Eadwig’s death.
955 (After 23rd November)
Eadwig married Aelfgifu, the young woman he had been with on his coronation day.
Eadwig’s behaviour upset many nobles including Dunstan King Eadred’s chief advisor.
Eadwig removed many experienced nobles from his counsel. Dunstan was exiled, or exiled himself, to Flanders.
The abbot Dunstan was exiled or exiled himself to Flanders.
Mercia and Northumbria refused to accept Eadwig’s rule preferring instead to be ruled by Eadwig’s brother Edgar. Eadwig retained the rule of Wessex.
As ruler of Mercia and Northumbria Edgar re-called the exiled Dunstan and made him Bishop of Worcester.
Eadwig’s marriage to Aelfgifu was dissolved on the grounds that they were too closely related.
958 (2nd June)
Archbishop Odo of Canterbury died. Eadwig appointed Aelfsige of Winchester to the position.
958 or 959
Aelfsige of Winchester, Archbishop of Canterbury died. Eadwig appointed Byrhthelm, the Bishop of Wells as Archbishop of Canterbury.
959 (1st October)
Eadwig died. He was succeeded by his brother Edgar.
Edgar proclaimed that Byrhthelm was not fit to be Archbishop of Canterbury and appointed Dunstan as the new Archbishop of Canterbury.