Athelstan, the First Monarch of England

Book 2, Chapter 7, Alfred’s Children from 901 AD to 955 – Athelstan

Athelstan gave promise in childhood of the high character, and the eminent abilities which distinguished his manhood. He was only six years old when Alfred died, but the grandfather was greatly interested by his beauty, spirit, and manners. His strong minded aunt, Ethelfleda, superintended his education, and as a boy he was a favourite among her dependants in Mercia, who were afterwards the first to recognize him as king. He was thirty years of age when Edward died, and the witan assigning to him the sceptre, in accordance with the wish of his father, he was crowned at Kingston by Athelm, archbishop of Canterbury.

Chapter 7, Alfred’s Children

Edward Becomes King

The Succession Disputed by Ethelwald

Partial Annexation of East Anglia and Northumbria

Mercia Added

Chapter 7, Athelstan

Athelstan, the First Monarch of England

Intrigue Against Him

Conflicts with the Anglo-Danes

Formidable Invasion

Decisive Battle of Brunanburh

The Anglo-Danes Revolt, and are Subdued

Chapter 7, Renown of Athelstan

Renown of Athelstan

Death and Character

Chapter 7, Edmund


Reign of Edmund

Murder of the King

Chapter 7, Edred

Edred Succeeds

A Strong Mind in a Frail Body

Outbreak in Northumbria

Rise of Statesmen

Dunstan and Turketul


Categories: Book 2

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