Edmund Ironside Proclaimed King

Book 2, Chapter 9, Edward 975 AD to 1016 AD – Edmund Ironside

 

Immediately on the death of Ethelred, his eldest son Edmund was proclaimed king by the loyal citizens of London and entered upon his short, stormy reign of not quite seven months. Canute was acknowledged as monarch at Southampton by the Danes and by some of the Saxon prelates and nobility who had lost all hope of success for the national cause, and he proceeded at once to invest London with an army of twenty-seven thousand men. Edmund withdrew into Wessex, and was soon joined by the men of Wessex who flocked in crowds to his standard.


Chapter 9, Edward the Martyr

Edward, Commonly Styled “the Martyr”

Elfrida’s Intrigues

Chapter 9, Ethelred

Reign of Ethelred

Dunstan’s Prophecy

Condition of the Country

Anglo-Saxons and Anglo-Danes

Fresh Attacks by the Northmen

They are Bribed to Depart

Origin of the Danegeld

Ethelred’s Marriage with Emma of Normandy

Massacre of the Danes

Chapter 9, Sweyn’s Revenge

Sweyn’s Vengeance

Murder of Archbishop Alphege

Levy for a Fleet

Chapter 9, Thurkill Ravages England

Its Failure

A Contemporary Picture

Sweyn prepares for the Conquest of England

Sweyn Dies and’ is Followed by Canute

Ethelred’s Flight and Return

Chapter 9, Edmund Ironside

Death of Ethelred

Divisions and Treachery among the English

Edmund Ironside Proclaimed King

Successive Battles with Canute

Partition of the Country

Brief Reign of Edmund

Authorities



Categories: Book 2

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