Sep 4  -  Aethelstan becomes King of Wessex and Mercia 
Aethelstan's coronation took place at Kingston-upon-Thames. At this point Aethelstan was not king of all England. He had to wait until 927 to become overlord of the other regional rulers.

 

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Sihtric marries Aethelstan's sister 
To help consolidate his links to the North Athelstan married his sister to Sihtric, the Norse King of York.

 

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Athelstan becomes overlord King 
With the death of Sihtric, the Danish leader in the North of England, Athelstan was able to then drive out the Dane's sons. This left Athelstan the master of Northumbria. His attacks on the Welsh and the submission of Constantine the King of Scotland and Owen the King of Cumberland led to him becoming overlord.

Athelstan defeats the Vikings 
Episode: Viking Invasions
When Sihtric died he left an heir Olaf. The king of the Norse in Dublin arrived to assist Olaf but Athelstan was ready for any trouble that they could do and defeated them. York was seized and its fortifications destroyed.

 

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St. Albans attacked by the Danes 
Episode: Viking Invasions
The abbey church at St. Albans was attacked and damaged by Vikings.

 

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Edwin is drowned 
Accused of conspiring against his own family Edwin, Aethelstan's own brother, is put on a ship without sail or rudder to drift. Edwin throws himself into the sea to avoid the horrors of starvation. Edwin's accuser it later found to invented the crime and is put to death. The whole story could be a fabrication and comes from the works by William of Malmesbury.

 

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Athelstan invades Scotland 
Athelstan put together a large army and invaded Scotland destroying it as he advanced north.

Katla Volcano Eruption 
Eruption of the large Icelandic volcano.

 

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Danish invasion 
Episode: Viking Invasions
The Dane Anlaff (possibly Sihtric's son), Owen of Cumberland and Constantine, King of the Scots sailed into the Humber to invade Northumbria. Athelstan's speed at raising his army that marched north put paid to any plans of invasion and a fierce battle occurred (Brunanburgh near Beverley ?) in which many Danish kings and earls were killed.

 

Oct  -  Edmund succeeds his brother Athelstan 
Edmund, the half-brother of Athelstan, became King of England at the age of 18. His coronation was held on November 29th at Kingson-upon-Thames.

 

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Death of Fulk the Red 
Fulk I, count of Anjou, also known as Fulk the Red, died. He was succeeded by his son, also called Fulk.

 

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Malcolm I becomes ruler of Scotland 
Constantine abdicated in 943 to retire to a monastery. Malcolm I became ruler of Scotland.

Dunstan and Glastonbury 
Dunstan moved to Glastonbury where he placed the monastery under the rule of the Benedictine Order and became the abbot there.

 

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Edmund captures York 
Edmund I took control of York and the surrounding area. He removed sacred relics from the remains of Whitby Abbey and moved them to Glastonbury Abbey.

 

May  -  Eadred becomes King of Wessex 
Eadred became King of Wessex. He followed his brother Edmund who was murdered. Edmund left two sons, Eadwig and Edgar, who were both too young to rule.

 

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Eadred destroys the monastery at Ripon. 
Eadred destroys the monastery at Ripon.