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Æthelstan, King of the English

Æthelstan, King of the English

Male 894 - 939  (45 years)

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  • Name Æthelstan , King of the English 
    Suffix King of the English 
    Born 894  Wessex, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    927  York, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    took York from the Danes, and forced the submission of Constantine, King of Scotland and of the northern kings. All five of the Welsh kings agreed to pay a huge annual tribute. He also eliminated opposition in Cornwall 
    927  Cornwall, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eliminated opposition in Cornwall 
    Jun 934  Chester-le-Street, Durham, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Invasion of Scotland

    Made generous gifts to the tomb of St Cuthbert, including a stole and maniple (ecclesiastical garments) originally commissioned by his step-mother Ælfflæd as a gift to Bishop Frithestan of Winchester 
    Sep 934  Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Constantine witnessed a charter as subregulus, that is a king acknowledging Æthelstan's overlordship 
    937  Wirral, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Battle of Brunanburh

    fought in 937 between Æthelstan, King of England, and an alliance of Olaf Guthfrithson, King of Dublin; Constantine, King of Alba and Owen, King of Strathclyde. One of the historiographical cruxes of this battle is the fact that it is often attributed to as the point of origin for English nationalism. Additionally, historians such as Michael Livingston argue that "the men who fought and died on that field forged a political map of the future that remains [in modernity], arguably making the Battle of Brunanburh one of the most significant battles in the long history not just of England, but of the whole of the British Isles." 
    Died 27 Oct 939  Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Malmesbury Abbey, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I14416  Spinder
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2018 

    Father Eadweard "Se Ieldra" (Edward I "The Elder"), King of the Anglo-Saxons,   b. Abt 874, Wantage, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 924, Farndon, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Mother Ecgwynn 
    Married 893 
    Family ID F4896  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 894 - Wessex, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps - took York from the Danes, and forced the submission of Constantine, King of Scotland and of the northern kings. All five of the Welsh kings agreed to pay a huge annual tribute. He also eliminated opposition in Cornwall - 927 - York, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps - Eliminated opposition in Cornwall - 927 - Cornwall, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps - Invasion of Scotland Made generous gifts to the tomb of St Cuthbert, including a stole and maniple (ecclesiastical garments) originally commissioned by his step-mother Ælfflæd as a gift to Bishop Frithestan of Winchester - Jun 934 - Chester-le-Street, Durham, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps - Constantine witnessed a charter as subregulus, that is a king acknowledging Æthelstan's overlordship - Sep 934 - Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps - Battle of Brunanburh fought in 937 between Æthelstan, King of England, and an alliance of Olaf Guthfrithson, King of Dublin; Constantine, King of Alba and Owen, King of Strathclyde. One of the historiographical cruxes of this battle is the fact that it is often attributed to as the point of origin for English nationalism. Additionally, historians such as Michael Livingston argue that "the men who fought and died on that field forged a political map of the future that remains [in modernity], arguably making the Battle of Brunanburh one of the most significant battles in the long history not just of England, but of the whole of the British Isles." - 937 - Wirral, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Oct 939 - Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Malmesbury Abbey, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
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    Æthelstan or Athelstan (Old English: Æþelstan,[a] or Æðelstān,[b] meaning 'noble stone'; c. 894 – 27 October 939) was King of the Anglo-Saxons from 924 to 927 and King of the English from 927 to 939
    Æthelstan or Athelstan (Old English: Æþelstan,[a] or Æðelstān,[b] meaning "noble stone"; c. 894 – 27 October 939) was King of the Anglo-Saxons from 924 to 927 and King of the English from 927 to 939

  • Notes 
    • Athelstan was the first king of all England, and Alfred the Great's grandson. He reigned between 925 and 939 AD. A distinguished and courageous soldier, he pushed the boundaries of the kingdom to the furthest extent they had yet reached.

      In 927 AD he took York from the Danes, and forced the submission of Constantine, King of Scotland and of the northern kings. All five of the Welsh kings agreed to pay a huge annual tribute. He also eliminated opposition in Cornwall. In 937 AD, at the Battle of Brunanburh, Athelstan led a force drawn from Britain, and defeated an invasion made by the king of Scotland, in alliance with the Welsh and Danes, from Dublin.

      Under Athelstan, 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 largely confined to the burhs, encouraging town life; and areas of settlement in the Midlands and Danish towns were consolidated into shires. Overseas, Athelstan built alliances by marrying off four of his half sisters to various rulers in western Europe.

      He was also a great collector of works of art and religious relics, which he gave away to many of his followers and churches in order to gain their support. He died in 939 AD at the height of his powers, and was buried in Malmesbury Abbey. This was a fit burial place for him, as he had been an ardent supporter and endower of the abbey.
    • He never married and had no children.