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the Elder Edward I Of Wessex

Male 869 - 924  (55 years)

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  • Name Edward I Of Wessex 
    Prefix the Elder 
    Born 869  Winchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 17 Jul 924  Farndon-on-Dee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I39  MyTree
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2009 

    Father the Great AElfred Of Saxony,   b. 849, Wantage, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 899, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother AElhswith Sighelm Of Saxony,   b. Aft 852, Mercia, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 905, St. Mary's Abbey, Winchester, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 51 years) 
    Married 869 
    Family ID F4538  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Edwina Of Wessex 
     1. AEthelstan Of Wessex
     2. Edwin Of Wessex
     3. EAdgifu Of Wessex
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F3809  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 AElflaed Of Wessex,   b. Abt 878, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
     1. AElfweard Of Wessex
     2. the Magnificent Edmund Of Wessex
     3. EAdgyth Of Wessex,   d. 26 Jan 947
     4. EAdhild Of Wessex
     5. Elgiva Of Wessex
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F4995  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Edgith Of Wessex 
     1. Edred Of Wessex,   b. 923,   d. 23 Nov 955  (Age 32 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F4998  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Edward was the eldest son of King Alfred the Great and Queen Elswith.
      At the age of twenty-two, he appears to have married a noblewoman
      named Egwina, though the wedding may have been uncanonical and was not
      recognized in some quarters. They had three or four children. At the
      same time, Edward was already active in his father's campaigns against
      the Vikings and towards the end of Alfred's reign, he was probably
      appointed Sub-King of Kent.

      Edward's path to the throne was not altogether smooth. Upon his
      father's death in AD 899, a rebellion broke out in favour of Edward's
      cousin, Aethelwold, the son of the late King Aethelred I. Failing to
      secure Wessex, this prince went north and found support from the
      people of the Norse Kingdom of York, where he was proclaimed King.
      With the help of the East Anglians, he subsequently attacked both
      Mercia and Wessex but was killed at the Battle of Holme (Essex) in AD
      902. Around the same time, the King married for a second time to
      Aelflaed the daughter Ealdorman Aethelhelm of Wiltshire. They had
      eight children together. Four years later, Edward made peace with the
      Northerners at Tiddingford in Bedfordshire; but by AD 909, he took on
      a more aggressive stance by raiding the North-West. The following
      year, a joint Mercian and West Saxon army marched north and defeated
      the Northern Vikings so completely at Tettenhall (Staffordshire) that
      they subsequently felt it best to remain within their borders. King
      Edward was then able to concentrate his attentions on the Danes of
      East Anglia and the Five Boroughs (of the East Midlands). With the
      help of his sister, the formidable Lady Aethelflaed of Mercia, the
      next eight years saw a prolonged campaign aimed at pushing the
      boundaries of Wessex and Mercia northwards. This was largely achieved
      through the extension of King Alfred's old policy of building
      defensive burghs across the country, as recorded in the 'Tribal
      Hidage'. They were both places of refuge in time of attack and
      garrisoned strongholds from which assaults could be launched.

      After Aethelflaed's death in AD 918, Edward was able to take advantage
      of his niece Aelfwinn's minority and brought Mercia under direct
      Wessex control. Two years later, the Kings of the north - including
      Sigtrygg Caech (the Squinty) of Norse York, Constantine II of the
      Scots and Donald mac Aed of Strathclyde - met Edward at Bakewell and
      also finally recognised his overlordship. At the time of his third
      marriage, to Edith daughter of Ealdorman Sigehelm of Kent, therefore
      King Edward was in a strong position. Holding his territories together
      was not easy, however, and revolts against Edward's rule continued. In
      AD 924, he was forced to lead an army north once more to put down a
      Cambro-Mercian rebellion in Cheshire. He died at Farndon-upon-Dee in
      that county on 17th July.

      Edward's body was taken south to the reduced diocese of Winchester for
      burial - he had sub-divided the West Saxon sees in AD 909, creating
      new Bishops of Ramsbury & Sonning, Wells and Crediton. The King was
      interred at the family mausoleum, his own foundation (AD 901) of New
      Minster in the centre Winchester, and was succeeded by his sons,
      Aelfweard and Aethelstan.

      (Source: David Nash Ford 2001)