Edred, the son of Edward the Elder and Eadgifu of Kent, was born in about 923.
Edred succeeded his brother, Edmund I, as King of England in 946. He was preoccupied with Northumbria for most of his reign after allegiance there had been transferred to Eric 'Bloodaxe', the former King of Norway.
Edred's devastation of Northumbria in 948 included the burning
of Ripon Cathedral. He finally defeated Eric Bloodaxe in 954 and united the
kingdom of York with the rest of England.
Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire. Winchester was the capital of
the kingdom of