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Edward the Elder
|Ruled:||October 26, 899-July 17, 924|
|Predecessor:||Alfred the Great|
|Date of Birth:||871|
|Place of Birth:||Wessex, England|
|Wives:||Egwina , Elfleda , and Edgiva|
|Date of Death:||July 17, 924|
|Parents:||Alfred and Ealhswith|
Edward arguably exceeded Alfred's military achievements, restoring the Danelaw to Saxon rule and reigning in Mercia from 918, after the death of his sister, Ethelfleda. He spent his early reign fighting his cousin Aethelwald, son of Ethelred I. He had about eighteen children from his three marriages, and may have had an illegitimate child, too. He died in 924 and was buried at Winchester. Edmund I, or Edmund the Deed-Doer (921–May 26, 946) who was King of England from 939 was a son of Edward the Elder, and a half-brother to Athelstan.
Athelstan died on October 27, 939, and Edmund succeeded him as King. The portrait included here is imaginary and was drawn together with portraits of other Anglo-Saxon monarchs by an unknown artist in the 18th century.
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