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Edgar "The Peaceable" King of England
(Abt 0943/0944-0975)
Ælfthryth of Devon Queen Of England
(Abt 0947-1002)
Thored, Earl of Northumbria
(Abt 0938-)
Æthelred II "The Unready" King of England
(Abt 0979-1016)
Ælfgifu of Northumberland
Edmund "Ironside" King of England


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Edmund "Ironside" King of England

  • Born: 989, Essex, England
  • Marriage: Ealdgyth about Aug 1015 in London, Middlesex, England
  • Died: 30 Nov 1016, Oxford or London. Middlesex, England at age 27 470
  • Buried: Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England 470

bullet  General Notes:

~Weis' Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700, 8th Edition, 1:19, Edmund II, "Ironsides, " King of England, 1016, married Eldgyth, widow of Sigeferth, a Danish nobleman. 160

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Background Information. 851
Edmund II, Ironside, was born in 989 and succeeded hsi father in April 1016. In this year he fought six battles, but through complete treachery he was completely overthrown at Assandun, in Essex. He and Canute the Dane agreed to divide the kingdom, but the heroic died, having only reigned seven moths, and Canute became King of England without a rival. Edmund's death took place, 30 Nov 1016, at London, and he was buried at Glastonbury. His wife was Lady Algitha, who died in 1014, and was the widow of Sigefrith the Dane when she married Edmund. There son was Edward "the Exile."

~Wurt's Magna Charta, p. 177

• Background Information: The House of Wessex -Edmund "Ironside .

• Web Reference: Edmund Ironside.
Edmund Ironside or Edmund II was King of England from 23 April to 18 October 1016 and of Wessex from 23 April to 30 November 1016. His cognomen "Ironside" is not recorded until 1057, but may have been contemporary. According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, it was given to him "because of his valour" in resisting the Danish invasion led by Cnut the Great.

Edmund was a signatory to charters from 993. He was the third of the six sons of King Æthelred the Unready and his first wife, Ælfgifu, who was probably the daughter of Earl Thored of Northumbria. His elder brothers were Æthelstan and Egbert, and younger ones, Eadred, Eadwig and Edgar. He had four sisters, Eadgyth, Ælfgifu, Wulfhilda, and the Abbess of Wherwell Abbey. His mother died around 1000, after which his father remarried, this time to Emma of Normandy, who had two sons, Edward the Confessor and Alfred and a daughter Goda.

Edmund married Ealdgyth, widow of Sigeferth, and they had two children, Edward the Exile and Edmund. After Edmund's death, Cnut was able to seize control of England for the Danes. Edmund's two sons ended up in Hungary, where his son Edmund died and Edward prospered.

Edmund married Ealdgyth about Aug 1015 in London, Middlesex, England. (Ealdgyth was born about 985 in Wessex, England.)

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