Edward the Elder ~ King of England

M, (875 - 17 July 924)
Father-Biological*Alfred the Great , King of England b. 849, d. 28 Oct 901
Mother-Biological*Ealhswith of Mercia b. c 852, d. 904
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Boudreau Line
Last Edited=15 Jun 2023
     Edward the Elder ~ King of England was born in 875 at Kingdom of Wessex, England.1,2,3,4,5 He was the son of Alfred the Great , King of England and Ealhswith of Mercia.

Edward the Elder ~ King of England married Ecgwynn circa 893.6,3

Edward the Elder ~ King of England married Ælfflæd ~ Queen of England, daughter of Æthelhelm ~ Earldorman of Wiltshire and Æthelgyth of Mercia, circa 899.7,8,9,3,1,2,6,4 King Alfred died on 26 October 899 and Edward succeeded to the throne, but Æthelwold disputed the succession. He seized the royal estates of Wimborne, symbolically important as the place where his father was buried, and Christchurch, both in Dorset. Edward marched with his army to the nearby Iron Age hillfort at Badbury Rings. Æthelwold declared that he would live or die at Wimborne, but then left in the night and rode to Northumbria, where the Danes accepted him as king. In 901, Æthelwold came with a fleet to Essex, and the following year he persuaded the East Anglian Danes to invade English Mercia and northern Wessex, where his army looted and then returned home. Edward retaliated by ravaging East Anglia, but when he retreated the men of Kent disobeyed the order to retire, and were intercepted by the Danish army. The two sides met at the Battle of the Holme (perhaps Holme in Huntingdonshire) on 13 December 902. According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the Danes "kept the place of slaughter", meaning that they won the battle, but they suffered heavy losses, including Æthelwold and a King Eohric, possibly of the East Anglian Danes. Kentish losses included Sigehelm, ealdorman of Kent and father of Edward's third wife, Eadgifu. Æthelwold's death ended the threat to Edward's throne.8,10,9,3,11,4 Edward was crowned the Bretwala, King of Kings (King of England. He was also the King of Wessex on 8 June 900 at Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England.8,9,6,1,2 Edward defeated the Danes in 918, taking East Anglia. He conquered Mercia the same year, and Northumbria in 920.4

Edward the Elder ~ King of England married Eadgifu of Kent, daughter of Sigehelm, in 919.8,9,3,1,2,6,4 Edward the Elder ~ King of England died on 17 July 924 at Farndon, Cheshire, England.8,9,1,2,4,5 He was buried at Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire, England.9,3

See also.

Compeller's Notes:
Sewell states he died 17 June 924 in Farndon-on-Dee, England.3

Children of Edward the Elder ~ King of England and Ælfflæd ~ Queen of England

Child of Edward the Elder ~ King of England and Eadgifu of Kent


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