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Edred - 946-955

Like his successor, his brother Edmund I, Edred ( son of Edward the Elder and Edgifu) also dealt with trouble from Danes in the north, he fought the Dane Eric Bloodaxe. He managed to establish dominance in Northumbria when Eric Bloodaxe was killed in battle in 954.

He was crowned at Kingston upon Thames in 946 and he brought up Edmund's sons, Edwy and Edgar, as his heirs, and they both became king in turn.

Edred was advised by St Dunstan, Abbot of Glastonbury, to help establish monastic centres of learning. Unmarried, Edred reigned for only nine-and-a-half years. He died on 23 November 955 in Frome, Somerset, and was buried in Winchester. He was succeeded by his nephew Edwy.



 
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