King Eadred of England Timeline 923-955

EadredBorn – 923
Died – 23rd November 955
FatherEdward the Elder (874 – 924)
MotherEadgifu of Kent (c902 – c966)
Spouse – Unmarried
Children – No children
King of England – 946 – 955
PredecessorEdmund I – 939 – 946
SuccessorEadwig – 955 – 959


923 (during)
King Eadred of England was born to King Edward the Elder, son of Alfred the Great, and Eadgifu daughter of the Ealdorman of Kent.
924 (17th July)
King Edward died leading the army against a Welsh-Mercian rebellion.
924 (17th July)
Although the monarch often suggested their successor, it was the Witan that decided who would succeed to the throne. Around half the Witan wanted Aethelstan’s half-brother, Aelfweard to succeed as King, while the other half wanted Aethelstan. It was decided that Aelfweard would rule Wessex while Aethelstan would rule Mercia.
924 (2nd August)
Aelfweard of Wessex died and Aethelstan became King of Mercia and Wessex.
939 (27th October)
King Aethelstan died at Gloucester and Eadred’s elder brother Edmund succeeded to the throne.
939 or 940
Eadred’s half-brother Edmund married Aelfgifu the benefactor of Shaftesbury Abbey.
940 (early)
The Viking Olaf III Guthfrithson, with the support of the Archbishop of York, Wulfstan, conquered Northumbria and invaded Mercia.
941 (during)
Eadred’s nephew, Eadwig, was born to Edmund and Aelfgifu.
943 (during)
Eadred’s nephew, Edgar, was born to Edmund and Aelfgifu
944 (during)
Eadred’s half-brother, Edmund, re-took Northumbria from the Vikings
945 (during)
King Edmund conquered Strathclyde and formed an alliance with Malcolm I of Scotland
946 (26th May)
Eadred’s brother, Edmund I was murdered in Pucklechurch by Leofa, a thief who Edmund had exiled. Eadred succeeded to the throne over his two young nephews who were deemed too young to rule.
946 (16th August)
Eadred was crowned King of England by Archbishop Oda of Canterbury at Kingston upon Thames.
947 (during)
The Viking Eric Bloodaxe took over leadership of Northumbria.
948 (during)
King Eadred mounted a campaign to re-take Northumbria and marched north to Ripon where he gained the submission of Northumbria at Tanshelf.
949 (during)
The former ruler of York, Olaf Sihtricson, who had made an alliance with Edmund, returned to the North of England and was accepted as ruler of Northumbria.
952 (during)
Olaf Sihtricson was replaced by Eric Bloodaxe as ruler of Northumbria.
952 (during)
King Eadred captured and imprisoned Archbishop Wulfstan of York.
954 (during)
The Northumbrians expelled Eric Bloodaxe, who was subsequently killed, and returned their allegiance to Eadred. The norsemen would never again rule in England.
955 (23rd November)
Eadred suffered from a digestive disorder that prevented him from properly digesting food and he died at the age of 32 years at Frome, Somerset. He was succeeded by his nephew Eadwig.


First published May 2016; Re-published Jul 21 2020 @ 3:32 pm – Updated – [last-modified]

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2016 – 2020). King Eadred of England 923 – 955.

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