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Encyclopedia > Edmund II Ironside
Edmund II
Rank: 17th
Ruled: April 23, 1016November 30, 1016
Predecessor: Ethelred II
Date of Birth: 989
Place of Birth: Wessex, England
Wife: Edith
Buried: Glastonbury Abbey
Date of Death: November 30, 1016
Parents: Ethelred II and Aelgifu

Edmund II (c. 989November 30, 1016) was King of England for several months in 1016. He was a son of King Ethelred II and Aelgifu of Northampton; Edward the Confessor was his half-brother. He was known as Ironside for his military prowess.

He was elected king of England by the population of London following his father's death in April 1016, but his rival, Canute the Great, enjoyed greater support throughout the country.

Edmund married Ealdgyth (Edith) of East Anglia (born c. 986), the daughter of Mocar and Edgitha, in 1015.

The known children of Edmund and Ealdgyth (Edith) are:

  • Edward the Exile "Aetheling" (1016–1057), who was born in Wessex and died in London and who married Agatha around the year 1035.
  • Edmund (born c. 1017 in Wessex).

Edmund II was eventually defeated by the Danes, and was allowed by Canute to keep the kingdom of Wessex, on the understanding that whichever of them survived the other would become ruler of the whole of England.

Shortly after making this agreement, Edmund II died, on November 30, 1016, and was buried at Glastonbury. Some say he was stabbed in the bowels while going to the privy.

Preceded by:
Ethelred II
King of England Succeeded by:

  Results from FactBites:
Edmund II of England - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (540 words)
Edmund was the second son of King Æthelred II and his first wife, Ælflaed of Northumbria.
Edmund was buried at Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset.
Edmund Ironside is also the name of an anonymous play in the Shakespeare Apocrypha, it has been attributed to Shakespeare on stylistic grounds.
Britannia: Monarchs of Britain (137 words)
Edmund was King of England for only a few months.
After the death of his father, Æthelred II, in April 1016, Edmund led the defense of the city of London against the invading Knut Sveinsson (Canute), and was proclaimed king by the Londoners.
After a series of inconclusive military engagements, in which Edmund performed brilliantly and earned the nickname "Ironside", he defeated the Danish forces at Oxford, Kent, but was routed by Canute's forces at Ashingdon, Essex.
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