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 Eadwig

Eadwig

Birth
Death 1 Oct 959 (aged 17–18)
Burial Winchester, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England
Plot Old Minster
Memorial ID 22386 · View Source
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English Royalty. Born the eldest son of Eadmund, King of England and Alfgiva. He came to be known by the nickname of Edwy 'the Fair.' His mother died within his first three years and his father was stabbed to death three years after that. His uncle, Edred took the throne, but on the his death of Edred, Eadwig was chosen to be king as the oldest of the children in the natural line of the royal house. Within a year of his coronation, however, the country was divided peacefully, with Mercia and Northumbria ruled by his brother Eadgar. The influential churchman, Dunstan, ran afoul of the young king by standing between him and his chosen bride. The king banished Dunstan and married Aefgifu, who was also of royal Mercian descent. A politically motivated campaign by the supporters of Dunstan moved to annul the marriage upon the grounds of consanguinity; unusual in that it was against the will of the couple involved. He was, however, forced to divorce her by order of Archbishop Odo of Canterbury in 957. Despite his quarrel with churchmen, he granted land to a number of monasteries including Bampton Church in Oxford and Southwell Minster, York. He died young, and without an heir. He was succeeded by his brother, Eadgar.

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  • Added: 18 May 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22386
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eadwig (941–1 Oct 959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22386, citing Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .