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see EdwyEdwy
or Eadwig
, d. 959, king of the English (955–57) and king of Wessex (955–59), son of Edmund. He succeeded his uncle, Edred as king of the English, but in 957, Mercia and Northumbria shifted their allegiance to his brother Edgar.
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Eadwig came from the ruling house of Wessex and in 957 both the Northumbrians and the Mercians renounced their allegiance to him in favour of his 14-year-old younger brother Edgar.
Kings Eadwig and Edgar had kept England fairly safe from the assaults of the Vikings between 955 and 975, but, despite the relative peace, there was always a fear that the Danes in northern England, the Viking-controlled region known as the Danelaw, could either invade or ally with incoming new raiders.
The lost Thunreslea near Southampton in Hampshire is recorded within the bounds of a grant of land at Millbrook by King Eadwig to Wulfric in 956.(11) The same bounds occur in a later grant by King Edward to Earl Godwine in 1045.(12) Since there is no printed edition of the later charter, its bounds are included in A Microfiche Concordance to Old English from an unpublished transcript, where the corresponding spelling is thurres lea.(13) Unfortunately, however, the transcript is in error.