Edgar King of Wessex and the English 959-975

Cover from Charter to New Minster Winchester circa 966

Edgar also spelt as Eadgar, was the 2nd son of Edmund I and his wife Ethelfleda. His elder brother was Edwy/Eadwig from whom he would seize both Northumbria and Mercia in 957. His reign was largely peaceful and subsequently successful . Eadgar represented Anglo-Saxon Kingship at it’s noblest heights with emphasis on the King’s direct responsibility and accountability to god for the performance of his duties. This is concept of the anointed King.

  • 959 became King of the English
  • 973 2nd Coronation at Bath 973
  • Further developed and supported the Law Codes
  • 973 fundamentally reformed the Coinage.
  • 975 at Chester the British Kings rowed him on the River Dee demonstrating their subjugation.
  • 975 Edgar dies that year at Winchester but was buried in Glastonbury Abbey.
  • 975 Edward the Martyr his son by Ethelfleda succeeded Edgar.
  • 979 Ethelred II the Unready seizes the Throne in 979.

The success of Eadgar’s reign again proved fragile when succeeded by his son Edward the Martyr, so often in the line of Kings the qualities of the father seem to not be manifested in their sons…