EDMUND, or EADMUND (c. 980-1016) , called IRoNsIDE,
See also:king of the
See also:English, was the son of ;
See also:Ethelred II. by his first wife AElfgifu . When Canute invaded England in 'ors, Edmund sought to resist him, but, paralysed by the treachery and
See also:desertion of the ealdorman
See also:Edric, he could do nothing, and Wessex submitted to the Danish king . Next
See also:year Canute and Ethic together harried
See also:Mercia, while Edmund with infinite difficulty gathered an army . Returning into Northumbria, he in his turn harried the districts which' had submitted to the invader, but a
See also:march northward by Canute brought about the speedy sub-
See also:mission of Northumbria and the return of Edmund to
See also:London . The
See also:death of ;Ethelred on the 23rd of
See also:April 1o16 was followed by a
See also:double election to the English
See also:crown . The citizens of London and those members of the
See also:Witan who were
See also:present in the city
See also:chose Edmund, the
See also:rest of the Witan
See also:meeting at Southampton elected Canute . In the warfare which ensued Edmund fought at the severest disadvantage, for his armies dispersed after every engagement, whatever its issue . Canute at once fiercely besieged London, but the citizens successfully resisted all attacks . Edmund meanwhile marched through Wessex and received its submission . At
See also:Pen in
See also:Somersetshire he engaged the Danes and defeated them . Canute now raised the
See also:siege of London and soon afterwards encountered Edmund at Sherston in
See also:Wiltshire . The
See also:battle was indecisive, but Canute marched back to London and
See also:left Edmund in possession of Wessex .
Edmund hastened'after him and relieved London, which he had again besieged . He defeated the Danes at
See also:Brentford and again at Otford, and drove them into
See also:Sheppey . He was now joined by Edric, in conjunction with whom he followed the Danes into
See also:Essex, overtaking them at Assandun (or
See also:Ashington) . In the battle which ensued Edric again played the traitor, and the English were routed with terrible slaughter . Edmund retired into
See also:Gloucestershire, whither he was followed by Canute . He himself was anxious to continue the struggle, but Edric and the Witan persuaded. him to accept a reconciliation . At Olney the two rivals swore friendship, and a division of the
See also:kingdom was effected—Canute taking the
See also:north, Edmund the south . Soon afterwards Edmund died (3oth of
See also:November ror6), probably from natural causes, 'though later historians hint at foul
See also:play . (C . S .
SAINT [EDMUND RICE] EDMUND (d. 1240)
GEORGE FRANKLIN EDMUNDS (1828– )
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