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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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Sir Edmund Andros looked at the old man; then he cast his hard and cruel eye over the multitude, and beheld them burning with that lurid wrath, so difficult to kindle or to quench; and again he fixed his gaze on the aged form, which stood obscurely in an open space, where neither friend nor foe had thrust himself.
That is the one practical subject I know by experience," Edmund confirmed.
Saxon receded the books from Edmund, and, as she heaped them in Billy's arms, read the titles.
Come for more any time you want them," Edmund invited.
Edmund Randolph's parents nurtured him in this tradition and taught him that one of his primary priorities was service to king and country.
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