King Edmund I 921 – 946

King Edmund

Family tree for King Edmund I, son of King Edward the Elder showing:

Short Biography

Edmund was born in the year 921 (exact date not known) and died 26th May 946. He was the eldest son of King Edward the Elder by his third wife Eadgifu of Kent.

When his father died in 924, his half-brother, Aethelstan became King. Aethelstan did not marry and had no children. As the eldest son of Edward the Elder’s third wife, Edmund succeeded to the throne when Aethelstan died on 27th October 939.

Edmund married Aelfgifu, who had a close connection with Shaftesbury Abbey, in 940. They had two sons: Eadwig, born in 941 and Edgar born in 943. When Aelfgifu died in 944, Edmund married Aethelflaed of Damerham, daughter of the Ealdorman of Essex.

King Edmund was murdered at Pucklechurch, Dorset on 26th May 946 by Leofa, a thief he had exiled. He was buried in Glastonbury Abbey. Edmund was succeeded by his brother, Eadred because his own sons were too young to rule.


Published Feb 12, 2017 @ 5:15 pm – Updated – Dec 28, 2021 @ 2:53 pm

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Heather Y Wheeler. (2017 – 2020). King Edmund I 921 – 946. Available: Last accessed December 29th, 2021