Ellie Wood Keith Genealogy

King Edmund II 'Ironside', of England

King Edmund II 'Ironside', of England[1, 2]

Male 993 - 1015  (22 years)

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  • Name Edmund II 'Ironside'  
    Prefix King 
    Suffix of England 
    Nickname Ironside 
    Born 993 
    Gender Male 
    History Edmund II, byname Edmund Ironside, (born c. 993—died Nov. 30, 1016), king of the English from April 23 to Nov. 30, 1016, surnamed “Ironside” for his staunch resistance to a massive invasion led by the Danish king Canute.
    The son of King Ethelred II the Unready (reigned 978–1016), Edmund defied his father’s orders by marrying (1015) the widow of one of the Danish lords then occupying English territory, probably in order to enhance his chances at succession. Nevertheless, when Canute invaded England later in 1015, Edmund raised an army in northern England and ravaged regions that would not rally to his cause.
    Upon Ethelred’s death (April 1016), a small number of councillors and citizens of London proclaimed Edmund as their ruler, but a larger body of nobles at Southampton declared for Canute. Edmund then launched a series of offensives against his rival. He recovered Wessex and relieved London of a siege before being decisively defeated by Canute at Ashington, Essex, on October 18. In the ensuing peace settlement, Edmund retained Wessex, while Canute held the lands north of the River Thames. After Edmund died (probably of natural causes), Canute became sole ruler of England.  [3
    Died 30 Nov, 1015 
    Person ID I1023  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2018 

    Father King AEthelred II 'the Unready', of England,   b. 968, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr, 1016  (Age 48 years) 
    Relationship putative 
    Mother Elfgiva,   d. Bef 1002 
    Relationship putative 
    Family ID F595  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ealdgyth,   b. 1015,   d. yes 
    +1. Edward 'the Exile' Atheling, of Wessex
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F594  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Edmund 'Ironside' King of England 1016
    Edmund 'Ironside' King of England 1016

  • Sources 
    1. [S53] If The Legends are True, J. Craig Canada.

    2. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00020116&tree=LEO.

    3. [S17] Encyclopaedia Britannica, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Edmund-II.