King Ædwig of England

King Ædwig of England

Male 939 - 959  (20 years)    Has more than 250 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Ædwig of England 
    Prefix King 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 939 
    Gender Male 
    Died 959 
    Person ID I21065  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 

    Father King Edmund I "the Magnifice of England,   b. 923,   d. 26 May 946, Puckle church Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years) 
    Mother St. Elgiva,   d. 944 
    Siblings 1 sibling 
    Family ID F2924  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ælgifu,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 29 Aug 2000 
    Family ID F8870  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • (955-59 AD) King of England
      On the death of Eadred, who had no children, Eadwig was chosen to be king since he was the oldest of the children in the natural line of the House of Wessex. He became king at sixteen years of age and displayed some of the tendencies one could expect in one so young, royalty or not. Eadwig has not been treated especially well by historians, and it is unfortunate for him that he ran afoul of the influential Bishop Dunstan (friend and advisor to the recently deceased king, Eadred, future Archbishop of Canterbury and future saint), early in his reign. An incident which occurred on the day of Eadwig's consecration as king, purportedly, illustrates the character of the young king. According to the report of the reliable William of Malmesbury, all the dignitaries and officials of the kingdom were meeting to discuss state business, when the absence of the new king was noticed. Dunstan was dispatched, along with another bishop, to find the missing youth. He was found with his mind on matters other than those of state, in the company of the daughter of a noble woman of the kingdom. Malmesbury writes, Dunstan, "regardless of the royal indignation, dragged the lascivious boy from the chamber and...compelling him to repudiate the strumpet, made him his enemy forever." The record of this incident was picked up by future monastic chroniclers and made to be the definitive word on the character of Eadwig, mainly because of St. Dunstan's role in it. Dunstan was, after that incident, never exactly a favorite of Eadwig's, and it may be fair to say that Eadwig even hated Dunstan, for he apparently exiled him soon after this. Eadwig went on to marry Ælgifu, the girl with whom he was keeping company at the time of Dunstan's intrusion. For her part, "the strumpet" was eventually referred to as among "the most illustrious of women", and Eadwig, in his short reign, was generous in making grants to the church and other religious institutions. He died, possibly of the Wessex family ailment, when he was only twenty.


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