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AEthelwulf of England
(Abt 0800-0858)
Osburh of Wight
AEthelred, the Great Mucil
Eadburh of Mercia
(-After 0840)
Alfred the Great of Wessex & Kent
Ealhswith of the Gaini

Edward I the Elder of Wessex and Kent


Family Links

1. Ecgwyn

2. Ælflaeda
3. Edgiva of Kent

Edward I the Elder of Wessex and Kent 132,142,2439,2452

  • Born: 869
  • Marriage (1): Ecgwyn circa 893
  • Marriage (2): Ælflaeda in 901
  • Marriage (3): Edgiva of Kent circa 919
  • Died: 17 Jul 924 2417
  • Buried: Winchester, Hampshire, England

  General Notes:

Edward "the Elder" was an adult in 894. With his concubine Egwyn he had a son Etherstan who became king of England. He was married a second time, with Edgiva. They had two sons, Edred and Edmund I who also became kings of England.

Well-trained by Alfred, his son Edward 'the Elder' (reigned 899-924) was a bold soldier who defeated the Danes in Northumbria at Tettenhall in 910 and was acknowledged by the Viking kingdom of York. The kings of Strathclyde and the Scots submitted to Edward in 921. By military success and patient planning, Edward spread English influence and control. Much of this was due to his alliance with his formidable sister Aethelflaed, who was married to the ruler of Mercia and seems to have governed that kingdom after her husband's death.

Edward was able to establish an administration for the kingdom of England, whilst obtaining the allegiance of Danes, Scots and Britons. Edward died in 924, and he was buried in the New Minster which he had had completed at Winchester. Edward was twice married, but it is possible that his eldest son Athelstan was the son of a mistress.

King Edward had about fourteen children from three marriages (or according to some sources, an extramarital relationship and two marriages).


  Noted events in his life were:

• Acceded: King of England, 25 Oct 899.


Edward married Ecgwyn circa 893. (Ecgwyn died circa 901 144.)


Edward next married Ælflaeda, daughter of Æthelhelm and Elswitha, in 901. (Ælflaeda was born circa 890 and died circa 918.)


Edward next married Edgiva of Kent, daughter of Sigehelm and Unknown, circa 919. (Edgiva of Kent was born circa 890 and died on 25 Aug 968.)