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Athelstan Of Wessex

Athelstan Of Wessex

Male 895 - Yes, date unknown    Has more than 100 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Athelstan Of Wessex  [1, 2
    Birth 895  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Death Yes, date unknown 
    Patriarch & Matriarch
    Sceldwa (Skjold)   (33 x Great Grandfather) 
    Ecgwyn Of Wessex  (Mother) 
    • Acceded 924-939.

      Edward's heir Athelstan (reigned 925-39) was also a distinguished and audacious soldier who pushed the boundaries of the kingdom to their furthest extent yet. In 927-8, Athelstan took York from the Danes; he forced the submission of king Constantine of Scotland and of the northern kings; all five Welsh kings agreed to pay a huge annual tribute (reportedly including 25,000 oxen), and Athelstan eliminated opposition in Cornwall. The battle of Brunanburh in 937, in which Athelstan led a force drawn from Britain and defeated an invasion by the king of Scotland in alliance with the Welsh and Danes from Dublin, earned him recognition by lesser kings in Britain.
      Athelstan's law codes strengthened royal control over his large kingdom; currency was regulated to control silver's weight and to penalise fraudsters. Buying and selling was mostly confined to the burhs, encouraging town life; areas of settlement in the midlands and Danish towns were consolidated into shires. Overseas, Athelstan built alliances by marrying four of his half-sisters to various rulers in western Europe. He also had extensive cultural and religious contacts; as an enthusiastic and discriminating collector of works of art and religious relics, he gave away much of his collection to his followers and to churches and bishops in order to retain their support. Athelstan died at the height of his power and was buried at Malmesbury; a church charter of 934 described him as 'King of the English, elevated by the right hand of the Almighty ... to the Throne of the whole Kingdom of Britain'.

      Little is known about the reigns of childless Athelstan's immediate successors. His half brother Edmund successfully suppressed rebellions by the Mercian Danes, but he was murdered at a feast in his own hall, at the age of 25 in 946, after seven years on the throne. Edmund's brother Edred (reigned 946-55) also dealt with trouble from Danes in the north; he brought up Edmund's sons as his heirs. The elder son Edwy was crowned by Oda, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 956 at Kingston-on-Thames (sited on the Wessex/Mercia border, and on the frontier between Alfred's kingdom and the Danelaw, this was where most recorded West Saxon consecrations took place). Aged 13 at his succession, Edwy became entangled in court factions, and Mercia and Northumbria broke away in rebellion. Edwy died before he was 20.
    Person ID I12538  ktree
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2024 

    Father Edward The Elder King Of England,   b. 871, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 17 Jul 925, Fardon, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 54 years)
    Other Partners: Aelflaeda Of England  m. Bef 901;   Eadgifu (Edgiva) Of Kent  
    Relationship unknown 
    Mother Ecgwyn Of Wessex 
    Relationship unknown 
    Marriage 893  Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Alt. Marriage 893  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Alt. Marriage 
    Family ID F17559  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S203] Gregory Strong, Individual Tree - Kings & Presidents.

    2. [S201] Leisure Guy,, "KinshipTree - Historical Family Database", (Name: Name: Genealogy Research: Common Historical Roots In South Texas;;).

    3. [S204] large-G675.FTW, line 1 pp 1-4.

    4. [S204] large-G675.FTW.
      Date of Import: 14 Mar 1999

    5. [S202] 11615-2.ftw.
      Date of Import: 21 Feb 1999


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