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Edmund,

921–46, king of Wessex (939–46), half-brother and successor of Athelstan. Immediately after his accession he had to face an invasion of Irish vikings led by Olaf GuthfrithsonOlaf Guthfrithson
, d. 941, Norse king of Dublin (934–41). His father, Guthfrith, king of Dublin and of York, had been driven out of England by Athelstan in 927. Olaf led (937) his allies, Constantine of Scotland and Owen of Strathclyde, against Athelstan in the battle of
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. He was forced to cede to them the territory between Watling Street and the Northumbrian border (already occupied partly by Danes), and he succeeded in recapturing it in 944 only because of the quarrels among the Norse leaders. In 945 he invaded Strathclyde, which he then turned over to the Scottish king Malcolm I. Edmund was killed in a brawl and was succeeded by his brother Edred.

Edmund

illegitimate son of Earl of Gloucester; conspires against father. [Br. Hist.: King Lear]

Edmund

“a most toad-spotted traitor.” [Br. Lit.: King Lear]
See: Treason

Edmund

Saint, also called Saint Edmund Rich. 1175--1240, English churchman: archbishop of Canterbury (1234--40). Feast day: Nov. 16.
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The verb is used of Lucifer (|and pa hwile pe he smeade hu he mihte daelan rice wio God': CH, I, 10-12); the Devil (|pa nam he micelne graman and andan to pam mannum, and smeade hu he hi fordon mihte': CH, I, 16); of Judas (|and he eode to pam Iudeiscum folce, and smeade wio hi, hu he Crist him belaewen mihte': CH, I, 26); of Herod, wondering how Peter escaped ('paoa se cyning smeade hu he of oam cwearterne come, pa aefter pan him com to Godes engel': CH, I, 524); of St Martin (|Pa smeade se halga wer hu he heora gehelpan mihte': LS, I, 290);(17) of St Edmund (|Hwaet pa eadmund clypode aenne bisceop.