History & Periods

King Edmund II lronside (1016)

Name: King Edmund II lronside
Born: c.990
Parents: Ethelred II and Elfleda
Relation to Elizabeth II: 27th great-grandfather
House of: Wessex
Ascended to the throne: April 23, 1016
Crowned: 25 April, 1016 at Old St Paul’s Cathedral, aged c.26
Married: Ealdgyth
Children: 2 sons
Died: November 30, 1016 at London
Buried at: Glastonbury
Reigned for: 7 months, and 7 days
Succeeded by: by Canute son of Sweyn who claimed the throne by conquest
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King Aethelred II The Unready (978 – 1016)

Name: King Aethelred II The Unready
Born: c.968
Parents: Edgar and Elfrida
Relation to Elizabeth II: 28th great-grandfather
House of: Wessex
Ascended to the throne: March 18, 978
Crowned: April, 978 at Kingston-upon-Thames, aged c.10
Married: (1) Elfleda, (2) Emma
Children: 9 sons including Edmund and Edward, and 4 daughters
Died: April 23, 1016 at London
Buried at: St Paul’s
Reigned for: 38 years, 1 month, and 5 days
Succeeded by: his son Edmund
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King Edward The Martyr (975 – 978)

Name: King Edward The Martyr
Born: c.963
Parents: Edgar and Ethelfleda
Relation to Elizabeth II: 28th great-granduncle
House of: Wessex
Ascended to the throne: July 8, 975
Crowned: 975 at Kingston-upon-Thames, aged c.13
Married: Unmarried
Children: None
Died: March 18, 978 at Corfe Castle (murdered)
Buried at: Wareham reburied Shaftesbury
Reigned for: 2 years, 8 months, and 10 days
Succeeded by: his half brother Ethelred
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King Edgar the Peaceful (959 – 975)

Name: King Edgar
Born: c.943
Parents: Edmund and Elgiva
Relation to Elizabeth II: 29th great-grandfather
House of: Wessex
Ascended to the throne: October 1, 959
Crowned: May 11, 973 at Bath Abbey, aged c.30
Married: (1) Ethelfleda, (2) Elfrida
Children: 3 sons including Edward and Ethelred, 1 illegitimate daughter
Died: July 8, 975 at Winchester
Buried at: Glastonbury
Reigned for: 15 years, 9 months, and 6 days
Succeeded by: his son Edward
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King Edwy (Eadwig, Edwy the Fair) (955 – 959)

Name: King Edwy (Eadwig)
Born: c.940
Parents: Edmund and Elgiva
Relation to Elizabeth II: 29th great-granduncle
House of: Wessex
Ascended to the throne: November 23, 955
Crowned: January 26, 956 at Kingston-upon-Thames, aged c.15
Married: Ælgifu
Children: None
Died: October 1, 959 at Gloucester
Buried at: Gloucester
Reigned for: 3 years, 10 months, and 7 days
Succeeded by: his brother Edgar
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King Edred (946 – 955)

Pictured: Mortuary chest in Winchester Cathedral that purports to contain Eadred’s bones.
Name: King Edred
Born: c.923
Parents: Edward the Elder and Edgiva
Relation to Elizabeth II: 30th great-granduncle
House of: Wessex
Ascended to the throne: May 26, 946
Crowned: August 16, 946 at Kingston-upon-Thames, aged c.23
Married: Unmarried
Children: None
Died: November 23, 955 at Frome, Somerset
Buried at: Winchester
Reigned for: 9 years, 5 months, and 28 days
Succeeded by: his nephew Edwy
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Edmund I the Elder 940-946

Name: King Edmund
Born: c.922
Parents: Edward the Elder and Edgiva
Relation to Elizabeth II: 30th great-grandfather
House of: Wessex
Ascended to the throne: October 27, 940
Crowned: November 29, 940 at Kingston-upon-Thames, aged c.18
Married: 1) Elgiva (2) Ethelfleda
Children: 2 sons Edwy and Edgar
Died: May 26, 946 at Pucklechurch near Bath (murdered)
Buried at: Glastonbury
Reigned for: 5 years, 6 months, and 28 days
Succeeded by: his brother Edred
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King Athelstan (924 – 940)

Name: King Athelstan
Born: c.895
Parents: Edward the Elder and Ecgywn
Relation to Elizabeth II: 30th great-granduncle
House of: Wessex
Ascended to the throne: July 17, 924
Crowned: September 4, 925 at Kingston-upon-Thames, aged c.30
Married: Unmarried
Children: None
Died: October 27, 940 at Gloucester
Buried at: Malmesbury
Reigned for: 16 years, 3 months, and 10 days
Succeeded by: his half brother Edmund
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King Edward The Elder (899 – 924)

Name: King Edward The Elder
Born: c.871
Parents: Alfred the Great and Ealswith of Mercia
Relation to Elizabeth II: 31st great-grandfather
House of: Wessex
Crowned: June 8, 900 at Kingston-upon-Thames, aged c.29
Married: (1) Ecgywn (2) Elfleda and (3) Edgiva.
Children: 5 sons and 11 daughters
Died: July 17, 924 at Farndon-on-Dee
Buried at: Winchester
Succeeded by: his son Aethelstan
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King Alfred the Great (871 – 899)

Name: King Alfred the Great
Born: c.849 at Wantage, Berkshire
Parents: Aethelwulf and Osburh
Relation to Elizabeth II: 32nd great-grandfather
House of: Wessex
Became King: 871
Married: Ealhswith of Mercia
Children: 5 children, Aelfthryth, Aethelflaed, Aethelgifu, Edward, Aethelweard
Died: October 26, 899
Buried at: Winchester
Succeeded by: his son Edward
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