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Athelstan, King of England 924-939

Athelstan, King of England 924-939

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  • Name Athelstan  
    Suffix King of England 924-939 
    Born 894  Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Oct 939  Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Aft 27 Oct 939  Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athelstan_of_England
    • First Monarch of all England
      Edward's heir Athelstan (reigned 925-39) was also a distinguished and audacious soldier who pushed the boundaries of the kingdom to their furthest extent yet. In 927-8, Athelstan took York from the Danes; he forced the submission of king Constantine of Scotland and of the northern kings; all five Welsh kings agreed to pay a huge annual tribute (reportedly including 25,000 oxen), and Athelstan eliminated opposition in Cornwall.
      The battle of Brunanburh in 937, in which Athelstan led a force drawn from Britain and defeated an invasion by the king of Scotland in alliance with the Welsh and Danes from Dublin, earned him recognition by lesser kings in Britain.
      Athelstan's law codes strengthened royal control over his large kingdom; currency was regulated to control silver's weight and to penalise fraudsters. Buying and selling was mostly confined to the burhs, encouraging town life; areas of settlement in the midlands and Danish towns were consolidated into shires. Overseas, Athelstan built alliances by marrying four of his half-sisters to various rulers in western Europe.
      He also had extensive cultural and religious contacts; as an enthusiastic and discriminating collector of works of art and religious relics, he gave away much of his collection to his followers and to churches and bishops in order to retain their support.
      Athelstan died at the height of his power and was buried at Malmesbury; a church charter of 934 described him as 'King of the English, elevated by the right hand of the Almighty ... to the Throne of the whole Kingdom of Britain'. Athelstan died childless.
      [2]
    Person ID I2719  Roy~Royes
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2012 

    Father Edward the Elder, King of Wessex 899-924
              b. Abt 870, Wantage, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 17 Jul 924, Farndon-on-Dee, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Mother Eguina Aegwina
              b. Abt 875 
    Family ID F1001  Family Group  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 894 - Wessex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Oct 939 - Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Aft 27 Oct 939 - Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Sources 
    1. [S109] Inferred, Bruce Roy.

    2. [S54] Official web site of the British Monarchy, Page27.