British Numismatic Society

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ANGLO-SAXONS,  Kings of All England, from 927 to 1016, and 1042-66


When Edward died in July 924, Æthelstan was accepted by the Mercians as king. His half-brother Ælfweard may have been recognised as king in Wessex, but died within three weeks of their father's death. Æthelstan encountered resistance in Wessex for several months, and was not crowned until September 925. In 927 he conquered the last remaining Viking kingdom, York, making him the first Anglo-Saxon ruler of the whole of England. In 934 he invaded Scotland and forced Constantine II to submit to him, but Æthelstan's rule was resented by the Scots and Vikings, and in 937 they invaded England. Æthelstan defeated them at the Battle of Brunanburh, a victory which gave him great prestige both in the British Isles and on the Continent. After his death in 939 the Vikings seized back control of York, and it was not finally reconquered until 954. (Wikipedia).   

Monarchs included here: Aethelstan (Video), Edmund I, Eadred, Eadwig, Edgar, Edward the Martyr, Aethelred the Unready, Edmund Ironside - rule then passed to Cnut in 1016.

BNJ Refs:    A new pre-reform type of Edgar, Rory Naismith, BNJ 86 (2016), 232-234




 Danish Rulers , 1016-42