King Edward the Martyr Family Tree (962-978)

King Edward the Martyr Family Tree


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Short Biography

Early Years

King Edward the Martyr was born in 963 the only son of King Edgar and Aethelflaed the Fair.

Edward’s mother died around 963 and a year later his father married Aelfthryth, daughter of the Ealdorman of Devon. Their first son Edmund was born in 965 but died at the age of 5 years. A second son Aethelred was born in 966.

Edward’s father and step-mother were crowned at Bath in 973. Some historians argue that because Aelfthryth was crowned her son Aethelred had higher status than Edward.

King of England

When Edward’s father died in 975 the succession was disputed between those that supported Edward and those that supported Aethelred. Edward had the support of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dunstan, and was crowned King in 976.

Edward bore no animosity towards his step-mother and half-brother, but Aelfthryth maintained the right of her son, Aethelred to be King and worked against Edward at every opportunity.


On 18th March 978, Edward decided to visit Aelfthryth and Aethelred at Corfe Castle. As he was visiting family he was only attended by a small retinue. When he arrived at the gates to the castle he was met by a group of Aelfthryth’s men. He was stabbed several times as he dismounted his horse, the horse bolted dragging Edward along the ground as he died.  Aethelred, who became known as the Unready was proclaimed King.


First published 2017, updated and republished Apr 13 2021 @ 11:25 am – Updated – Sep 16, 2022 @ 10:54 am


Harvard Reference for King Edward the Martyr Family Tree:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2017 – 2022). King Edward the Martyr Family Tree (962-978). Available: Last accessed November 10th, 2023