|Died||30 November 1016||Buried At||Glastonbury|
|Father||Aethelred (II The Unready, King of the English 978-1013, 1014-1016)||Mother||Aelfgifu|
|Preceded by||Aethelred (II The Unready, King of the English 978-1013, 1014-1016)||Succeeded by||Canute (King of England 1016-1035)|
|Royal House||Wessex||Titles include||King of England|
Family Tree Details
EDMUND (II Ironside, King of the English 1016) (b.981 - d.1016)
+Ealdgyth (b.963 - d.1017) =Edward (The Exile) (b.1016 - d.1057) +Agatha (of Brunswick) =Edgar (The Aetheling) ( - d.1126) =Margaret (of Wessex) ( - d.1093) +Malcolm (III, Scottish King 1058-1093) (b.1031 - d.1093) =Edward (Prince of Scotland) =Edmund (of Scotland) =Edgar (King of Scotland 1097-1107) ( - d.1107) =Alexander (I, King of Scotland 1107-1124) (b.1077 - d.1124) =Matilda Edith (of Scotland) (b.1080 - d.1118) =David (I, King of Scotland 1124-1153) (b.1085 - d.1153) =Mary (of Scotland) (b.1084 - d.1116)
Canute invaded England taking control of Mercia and Northumbria. Aethelred was ill and England was in the hands of Edmund (Ironside).
Edmund II became king at the death of his father Aethelred II in London. The people of London chose prince Edmund as king but it was short lived as the Southampton Witan chose Canute, who then invaded England.
Canute advanced on London for a fight with Aethelred but Aethelred died in the same month. London accepted Edmund Ironside as their ruler. Canute would have to defeat Edmund if he was to become King of England.
Edmund had gone to Wessex to accept the support of the people there as the new king of England but Canute had reached London and was besieging its inhabitants. The Londoners held out against Canute's attempts to defeat them while Edmund travelled back to help. Edmund's army grew as he advanced towards Canute. The English won a couple of battles forcing the Danes to retreat and regroup but the Danes won the important battle at Ashingdon.
Canute defeated Edmund Ironside at Ashingdon and a treaty was signed leaving Edmund with only the area of Wessex.
Edmund Ironside died only a month after the treaty with Canute. Canute then became King of England.
William returned to Normandy taking as guests Edgar the Aetheling (the grandson of Edmund Ironside), Stigand (Archbishop of Canterbury, the Earls of Mercia and Northumbria and the brothers Edwin and Morcar.