King Edred of England

King Edred of England

Male 924 - 955  (31 years)    Has more than 250 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Edred of England 
    Prefix King 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 924 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Nov 955 
    Person ID I16334  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 

    Father King Edward "the Elder" of England,   b. 875,   d. 17 Jul 924, Farndon-on-Dee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Mother Edgiva of Kent,   b. 896,   d. 25 Aug 968  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 918 
    Siblings 7 siblings 
    Family ID F2925  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (946-55 AD) King of England/Wessex and acknowledged as overlord of Mercia, the Danelaw and Northumbria. A challenge to Eadred, which serves to illustrate one of his chief qualities, developed in the north, in the early 950's. Eric Bloodaxe, an aptly-named, ferocious, Norse Viking who had been deposed by his own people, established himself as king of Northumbria at York, apparently with the fearful acquiescence of the Northumbrians. Eadred responded by marching north with a considerable force to meet the threat. He proceeded to ravage the Norse-held territories, then moved back to the south. He was attacked on the way home by Eric's forces. Eadred was so enraged that he threatened to go back to Northumbria and ravage the entire land.
      This prospect frightened the already frightened Northumbrians into abandoning Eric Bloodaxe. It must be that they viewed Eadred as more formidable than a bloodthirsty viking, who had been thrown out of a society known for its bloodthirstiness, because he was too bloodthirsty and tyrannical for them. In any case, according to the "AngloSaxon Chronicle", "the Northumbrians expelled Eric."
      As to his personal side, William of Malmesbury provides some illumination. He says that Eadred was afflicted with some lingering physical malady, since he was, "constantly oppressed by sickness, and of so weak a digestion as to be unable to swallow more than the juices of the food he had masticated, to the great annoyance of his guests." Regarding his spiritual side, apparently the pillaging, ravaging and laying waste that he did, had no deleterious effects on him. As Malmesbury states, he devoted his life to God, "endured with patience his frequent bodily pains, prolonged his prayers and made his palace altogether the school of virtue." He died while still a young man, as had so many of the kings of Wessex, "accompanied with the utmost grief of men but joy of angels."


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