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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
..... Click the link for more information. . 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.
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illegitimate son of Earl of Gloucester; conspires against father. [Br. Hist.: King Lear]
“a most toad-spotted traitor.” [Br. Lit.: King Lear]
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Saint, also called Saint Edmund Rich. 1175--1240, English churchman: archbishop of Canterbury (1234--40). Feast day: Nov. 16.
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