King Ęthelwulf of Wessex
(Abt 795-858)
Osburh of Coventry
King Alfred The Great Saxon King Of England

King Edward the Elder
(Abt 875-924)


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Queen Consort Eadgifu of Kent

King Edward the Elder

  • Born: Abt 875
  • Marriage: Queen Consort Eadgifu of Kent
  • Died: 17 Jul 924 about age 49

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• History. Edward the Elder (Old English Eadweard cyning; c. 874\endash 877 \endash 17 July 924) was an English king. He became king in 899 upon the death of his father, Alfred the Great. His court was at Winchester, previously the capital of Wessex. He captured the eastern Midlands and East Anglia from the Danes in 917 and became ruler of Mercia in 918 upon the death of Ęthelflęd, his sister.

All but two of his charters give his title as "Anglorum Saxonum rex" or "king of the Anglo-Saxons".[1] He was the second king of the Anglo-Saxons as this title was created by Alfred.[1] Edward's coinage reads "EADVVEARD REX."[2] The chroniclers record that all England "accepted Edward as lord" in 920.[3] But the fact that York continued to produce its own coinage suggests that Edward's authority was not accepted in Viking-ruled Northumbria.[4] Edward's eponym "the Elder" was first used in Wulfstan's Life of St Ęthelwold (c. 996) to distinguish him from the later King Edward the Martyr.


Edward married Queen Consort Eadgifu of Kent, daughter of Ealdorman Sigehelm of Kent and Unknown. (Queen Consort Eadgifu of Kent was born about 903 and died about 966.)

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