Edward the Elder, King of Wessex
Edward, the son of
Alfred the Great and
Eathswith, was born in about 871
Edward the Elder
Edward, the eldest son of Alfred the Great, succeeded his father as King of Wessex in 899. Within 10 years he had conquered much of England south of the Humber that had been occupied by the Danes. In 918 his kingdom was enlarged with the inclusion of Mercia.
Edward died at Farndon-on-Dee July 17 924 and was buried at Winchester. He was succeeded by his son, Athelstan. His wife, Eadgifu, died in 968 and was buried in Canterbury Cathedral.