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Edred Of Wessex

Male 923 - 955  (32 years)

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  • Name Edred Of Wessex 
    Born 923 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Nov 955 
    Buried Old Minster in Winchester Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1153  MyTree
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2009 

    Father the Elder Edward I Of Wessex,   b. 869, Winchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 924, Farndon-on-Dee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Mother Edgith Of Wessex 
    Family ID F4998  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Edred was the second son of King Edward the Elder by his third wife,
      Edgith. Despite suffering from an unidentified illness which
      eventually killed him, he succeeded to the English throne in AD 946
      after the unexpected murder of his brother, Edmund the Magnificent.
      Initially, Edred received oaths of allegiance from the men of the
      North at Tanshelf; but, before the end of AD 947, they had taken on
      the Norseman, Eric Bloodaxe, as their king. Edred hit back the
      following year, leading an army to Ripon and burning the minster.
      Whilst he was in retreat, the Northerners attacked, forcing him to
      threaten to lay waste to their kingdom. King Eric’s people abandoned
      him and climbed back under King Edred’s wing. However, the united
      kingdom did not last long. In late AD 950, the Northerners were in
      revolt again, calling back Olaf Sihtricsson to lead them. Two years
      later, they rejected him in favour of Eric once more; but he only
      lasted until AD 954, when the North finally recognized Edred as their
      monarch. The Norse monarchy of York was never to return.

      Edred helped move the monastic reform movement forward by appointing
      St. Aethelwold to the Abbacy of Abingdon. Aethelwold’s friend, St.
      Dunstan was one of the King’s chief advisors and Edred delegated much
      of his authority to him in his latter years. The King witnessed under
      a third of Royal charters issued between AD 953 and 955. He died
      unmarried on 23rd November in the latter year, and was buried at the
      Old Minster in Winchester, despite his wishes to the contrary.

      (Source: David Nash Ford)