Edward the Elder

Edward the Elder
King of the Anglo-Saxons[1]
Edward the Elder - MS Royal 14 B VI.jpg
Edward the Elder, from a 14th century Illuminated manuscript
Reign26 October 899-17 July 924
Died17 July 924
Place of deathChurch of St. Lawrence in the Square, Winchester, England[2]
PredecessorAlfred the Great
SuccessorÆlfweard and Athelstan.
Consort to3
Children14 Children
Royal HouseHouse of Wessex
FatherAlfred the Great

Edward the Elder (c. 874-877-17 July 924) was a West Saxon nobleman. He was the King of Wessex but assumed the title King of the Anglo-Saxons. He was king from 899 until his death in 924.


Edward was the son of Alfred the Great and Ealhswith.[3] She was a daughter of Ethelred, also called Mucill, Ealdorman of the Gaini.[3] He was born about the year 870.[4] As one of at least three athelings, it was not absolutely certain he would be king after his father.[a][6] His cousin, Aethelheim, was older and was the son of Alfred's older brother Athelred of Wessex.[6] When he was about four years old Edward was sent to Rome. There, in a ceremony, he was given a sword, belt and given the rank of consul.[7] This is one of several things Alfred did to make Edward the first choice among the Athelings who would succeed him as king. By a past agreement Alfred had control of most of the royal estates. He could leave all or some to Edward. In the 880s, Alfred made a will giving most of the royal estates to his son Edward, and left his two nephews only modest lands in the eastern part of the realm. This meant that if Ethelhelm were selected as king over Edward, he might not have enough income to support himself as king.[5]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Eduard die Ouere
تۆرکجه: ادوارد پدر
Bân-lâm-gú: Edward Tióng-chiá
беларуская: Эдуард Старэйшы
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Эдўард Старэйшы
bosanski: Edvard Stariji
brezhoneg: Edward the Elder
հայերեն: Էդուարդ Ավագ
Bahasa Indonesia: Edward Tua
Lëtzebuergesch: Edward den Eeleren
Nederlands: Eduard de Oudere
português: Eduardo, o Velho
slovenčina: Eduard I. Starší
српски / srpski: Едвард Старији
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Edward Stariji
українська: Едуард Старший