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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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"But you don't need all that land, dear lad," Edmund said softly.
It is a great question with Jack Hastings whether Edmund dotes more on Dulcie, or Dulcie dotes more on Edmund.
"That is the one practical subject I know by experience," Edmund confirmed.
'Now, Edmund,' she said, stretching out her fan, and touching him with it at arm's length, 'what I was going to say to you when you began as usual to prose and worry, is, that I shall guard against our being alone any more, and that when circumstances prevent my going out to my own satisfaction, I must arrange to have some people or other always here; for I really cannot, and will not, have another such day as this has been.'
'No, Edmund. For not only are the virtues of the precious child of that still character that they require a contrast--require life and movement around them to bring them out in their right colours and make one love them of all things; but she will require to be roused, on more accounts than one.'
'Pray don't, Edmund! Your habit of interrupting without having the least thing in the world to say, distracts one.
As the horse continued in name, as well as fact, the property of Edmund, Mrs.
Edmund was the only one of the family who could see a fault in the business; but no representation of his aunt's could induce him to find Mr.
"On, Sir Edmund! Bid the soldiers forward, and give the dotard the same choice that you give all his countrymen--to stand aside or be trampled on!"
"Are you mad, old man?" demanded Sir Edmund Andros, in loud and harsh tones.
'Edmunds, however, had been sent a considerable distance up the country on his arrival at the settlement; and to this circumstance, perhaps, may be attributed the fact, that though several letters were despatched, none of them ever reached my hands.
'On a fine Sunday evening, in the month of August, John Edmunds set foot in the village he had left with shame and disgrace seventeen years before.