Edward the Elder


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Edward the Elder,

d. 924, king of Wessex (899–924), son and successor of Alfred. He fought with his father against the Danes. At Alfred's death (899) Edward's succession was disputed by his cousin Æthelwold, who allied himself with the Danes of Northumbria and East Anglia. The death of Æthelwold in battle (902) put an end to that war, but later fighting with the Danes recommenced. Aided by his sister Æthelflœd, Lady of the Mercians, Edward undertook a series of advances against the Danes, systematically building fortresses to cover his positions. At the same time he repelled Viking attacks on the shore of England. After Æthelflœd's death (918) he asserted his full authority over Mercia and thus became ruler of all England S of the Humber River. He was also accepted as overlord by several Welsh rulers and by English Northumbria, and he is supposed to have received the submission of Constantine II of Scotland. The right of the overlordship of Scotland, based on Edward's position, was asserted by later English kings. Edward was succeeded by his son Athelstan. Two other sons, Edmund and Eldred, also ascended the throne.

Edward the Elder

died 924 ad, king of England (899--924), son of Alfred the Great
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Along with her Wessex-based brother Edward the Elder, Ethelflaed carried out repeated attacks both against the Danish in the north-east and the Welsh in the west.
She added: "Given the site and the age at death, the only plausible candidates are either King Alfred or Edward the Elder."
A Edward the Elder, B Edward the Confessor, C Edmund Ironside, D Edward the Martyr.
Indeed, not the least important of its contents are not name-lists but documents relating to the period beginning with the death of King Alfred and accession of Edward the Elder - the Liber Vitae contains not only the concluding part of a vernacular record concerning the foundation of the New Minster in 901 and an account of its early history but also the oldest surviving copy of Alfred's will.
Simon Keynes analyses in some detail the Fonthill letter, the story of the thief Helmstan, whose case was judged first by King Alfred the Great and then by King Edward the Elder; Keynes effectively conveys the significance of this document for our understanding of the legal system of Anglo-Saxon England.
Bill Hague, chairman of governors at Edward the Elder Primary School, said: "I want to express our sorrow to the friends and family of Ryan Hyde following his tragic passing.
In Staffordshire, Clough Hall Technology School, Gnosall St Lawrence C of E Primary School and Moorgate Community Primary School are in the same position while two Wolverhampton schools, Edward the Elder Primary School and Wood End Primary School, are in the same position.
It was Thurkytel, for instance, who, hi 914, surrendered to Edward the Elder the town of Bedford, where, some 50 years later, his namesake was serving as abbot.
Was it a) Edward the Elder b) Edward the Confessor c) Edmund Ironside or d) Edward the Martyr?
ends with very inferior or rude workmanship.' It is nevertheless an important book, as are all manuscripts of the age of Alfred and Edward the Elder, important for the text of the Old English Bede and the history of the language of Mercia, from where, at some early date, it found its way to Thorney Abbey.
They included Edward the Elder, in Wednesfield, which was rated good by Ofsted inspectors during a visit in March under tough new inspection measures.
The first hermit to make his home above the Bridgnorth high road is said to have been Athelward, the son of King Edward the Elder and grandson of King Alfred the Great.