Eadmund (Edmund)


b. c. 921
d. 26 May 946, Pucklechurch, Gloucestershire

Title: Rex (King) (see note on royal styles)
Term: after 27 Oct 939 - 26 May 946
Chronology: after 27 Oct 939, acceded after the death of his half-brother, Æthelstan
  c. 28/29 Nov 939 [?], consecrated, Kingston-upon-Thames [?] (see note on consecrations)
  26 May 946, died
Names/titles: In modern English spelled as: Edmund

Eadmund was the son of King Eadweard the Elder and Eadgifu. He succeeded his half-brother of Æthelstan in late 939. Soon after his accession Eadmund faced a rebellion of the Mercian Danes, which he successfully suppressed. However, in 939/940 he lost Northumbria and the South Danelaw to the Danes. In 940-942 Eadmund's authority was recognized only in the lands south of Watling Street. In 942 Eadmund recovered the South Danelaw, and in 944 he reconquered Northumbria. In 945 Eadmund overran Strathclyde, giving it to Malcolm I, king of Scots, on the condition of military support. Eadmund was murdered by an exiled robber, while trying to rescue one of his officials in a brawl at Pucklechurch. Biography sources: [1][2][3]

[1] Handbook of British Chronology (1986)
[2] "The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle," ed. and trans. by G.N. Garmonsway (Everyman Press, London, 1953, reissued 1972, 1994).
[3] "The Blackwell Encyclopædia of Anglo-Saxon England", ed. by Michael Lapidge (Oxford, Blackwell, 1999).
  Image: coin of King Eadmund (obverse legend: +EADMVND REX).
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