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Edgar the Peaceable, King of England 959-975

Edgar the Peaceable, King of England 959-975

Male 944 - 975  (31 years)

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  • Name Edgar the Peaceable  
    Suffix King of England 959-975 
    Born 944  Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Jul 975  Winchester, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Edgar, king in Mercia and the Danelaw from 957, succeeded his brother as king of the English on Edwy's death in 959 - a death which probably prevented civil war breaking out between the two brothers. Edgar was a firm and capable ruler whose power was acknowledged by other rulers in Britain, as well as by Welsh and Scottish kings. Edgar's late coronation in 973 at Bath was the first to be recorded in some detail; his queen Aelfthryth was the first consort to be crowned queen of England.
       
      Edgar was the patron of a great monastic revival which owed much to his association with Archbishop Dunstan. New bishoprics were created, Benedictine monasteries were reformed and old monastic sites were re-endowed with royal grants, some of which were of land recovered from the Vikings.

      In the 970s and in the absence of Viking attacks, Edgar - a stern judge - issued laws which for the first time dealt with Northumbria (parts of which were in the Danelaw) as well as Wessex and Mercia. Edgar's coinage was uniform throughout the kingdom. A more united kingdom based on royal justice and order was emerging; the Monastic Agreement (c.970) praised Edgar as 'the glorious, by the grace of Christ illustrious king of the English and of the other peoples dwelling within the bounds of the island of Britain'. After his death on 8 July 975, Edgar was buried at Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset.
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    Person ID I2706  Roy~Royes
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2012 

    Father Edmund I, King of England 939-946
              b. 921, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 26 May 946, Pucklechurch, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years) 
    Mother Edgira/Ælfgifu
              b. Abt 922, Shaftesbury, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 944, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 22 years) 
    Family ID F1000  Family Group  |  Family Chart

    Last Modified 11 Jul 2016 20:53:47 
    Family ID F999  Family Group  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Aelfthryth
              b. Abt 945, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 17 Nov 1000, Wherwell, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Children 
     1. Edward the Martyr, King of England 975-978
              b. 962, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 18 Mar 978, Corfe Castle, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
    +2. Ethelred the Unready, King of England 979-1013,1014-16
              b. Abt 966, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 23 Apr 1016, Islington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2016 20:52:37 
    Family ID F998  Family Group  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 944 - Wessex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Jul 975 - Winchester, Wessex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S54] Official web site of the British Monarchy  Page30.