British Monarchs From Alfred to Elizabeth: Edmund I

Edmund was the son of Edward the Elder, and the grandson of Alfred the Great. Edmund ascended to the throne in 939 at the age of 18, following the death of his elder half-brother King Aethelstan. Edmund's reign was a short one, lasting just shy of seven years. It was dominated by war and threats … Continue reading British Monarchs From Alfred to Elizabeth: Edmund I

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British Monarchs From Alfred to Elizabeth: Aethelstan

Aethelstan was born in 894 to Edmund the Elder and his first wife Ecgwynn. He was the grandson of Alfred the Great. Aethelstan was the eldest of fourteen children and became king in 924 following the death of his father. Aethelstan's reign was very successful - in 927 he conquered York, the final kingdom still … Continue reading British Monarchs From Alfred to Elizabeth: Aethelstan

British Monarchs From Alfred to Elizabeth – Edward the Elder

Edward the Elder was the eldest son of the legendary Saxon king, Alfred the Great. He was born c. 874, and ascended to the throne in 899 following the death of his father. He reigned for 25 years and died in 924 at the age of 50 (very elderly in those times!). Edward's ascension was … Continue reading British Monarchs From Alfred to Elizabeth – Edward the Elder

British Monarchs From Alfred to Elizabeth – Alfred the Great

Alfred the Great - Saxon King of Wessex Alfred the Great has gone down in history as one of Britain’s most successful rulers. Born in Berkshire in the mid-ninth century, Alfred succeeded to the throne in 871 following the death of his elder brother Aethelred I. Alfred had six children with his wife, Ethelswida, including … Continue reading British Monarchs From Alfred to Elizabeth – Alfred the Great

30th May 1430 – The Death of Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc was born to peasant parents in the French village of Domremy in the early fifteenth-century. As a teenager, Joan repeatedly claimed that she heard the voices of numerous saints who prophesied that she would lead a great French army against the English. Joan was vigorously questioned in order to determine if she … Continue reading 30th May 1430 – The Death of Joan of Arc