|Father||EDMUND (I, King of the English 939-946)||Mother||Aelfgifu|
|Preceded by||Eadwig (King of the English 955-959)||Succeeded by||EDWARD (The Martyr, King of the English 975-978)|
Family Tree Details
EDGAR (I, King of the English 959-975) (b.944 - d.975)
+Ethelflead | =EDWARD (The Martyr, King of the English 975-978) (b.962 - m.978) +Wulfryth +Elfthyrth (b.945 - d.1000) =Edmund (b.965 - ) =Aethelred (II The Unready, King of the English 978-1013, 1014-1016) (b.967 - d.1016) +Aelfgifu | =Aethelstan (son of Aethelred) | =Egbert | =EDMUND (II Ironside, King of the English 1016) (b.981 - d.1016) | | +Ealdgyth (b.963 - d.1017) | | =Edward (The Exile) (b.1016 - d.1057) | =Eadred | =Eadwig | =Edgar +Emma (of Normandy, Wife of Aethelred) (b.982 - d.1052) =Edward (The Confessor, King of England 1042-1066) (b.1003 - d.1066) | +Edith (Daughter of Godwine) =Alfred (Second son of Aethelred) ( - m.1036) =Godgifu (Daughter of Aethelred) +Eustace (II, Count of Boulogne) ( - d.1093)
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.
Conflicts between the brothers Eadwig and Edgar were resolved and the agreement between the two resulted in the lands of England being split. Edgar took control of lands to the north of the Thames, including Mercia and Northumbria, while Eadwig retained Wessex, the lands to the south of the river.
Dunstan, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Oswald, the Archbishop of York, consecrated the abbey at Peterborough in the presence of King Edgar.
The rule of Benedictine was introduced to the abbey by St Oswald, the Bishop of Worcester. King Edgar confirmed the estates that the abbey owned.
Edgar arranged a water-pageant on the river Dee where he was rowed from Chester to the Minster of St. John by eight kings including Kenneth of Scotland, Malcolm of Cumberland, Maccus of the Isles and five welsh princes. Edgar held a festival in the honour of St. John but more likely to show his superiority over the other kings.
King Edgar was crowned at Bath Abbey.
Edward, the eldest son of Edgar, became the king of the English at the age of fourteen when his father died. Dunstan became his guardian.
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A Medieval Mystery
There appear to be some strange connections between the fourteenth century Old Wardour Castle and ancient stone circle Stonehenge.
Old Wardour Castle appears to be aligned to ancient sites in the Stonehenge landscape.
Stonehenge is aligned to the Summer Solstice. Old Wardour has a very similar alignment.
Could the builders of Old Wardour used mesaurements from Stonehenge to layout the geometrical keep?