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- Athelstan 895?-939. King of Mercia and Wessex (924?-939) who was the first Saxon ruler to establish his authority over all of England.
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- proper n. A Saxon ruler from 895-939
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- n. the first Saxon ruler who extended his kingdom to include nearly all of England (895-939)
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Baptismal name Athelstan and kept the peace for the rest of his life.
It is recorded that the son and successor of Eadward, by name Athelstan, when on a journey in the north visited Chester-le-S.reet and the shrine of S. Cuthbert, which was then at that place.
Campaigners say the border has been in place for more than 1,000 years since a treaty between King Athelstan of Wessex and King Hywel of Cornwall.
There are profiles going all the way back to the first official king of England, Athelstan, who died in 939.
In 929 Athelstan sent her and her sister, Adiva, off to Otto and invited him to take his pick, sealing an alliance between two of the rising stars of the Saxon world.
She was daughter of Edward the Elder, and half-sister to Athelstan, the first king of all England.
Bones offer insight into the royal life of Eadgyth, who was married off to a German king in 929 by her brother Athelstan
Her brother Athelstan received the German ambassador at Canterbury and, "extremely enthusiastic" about the proposed union, according to one German account, "took Eadgyth aside and spoke in a loving voice to her, pouring into her heart an affectionate portrait of the young Otto", then a 17-year-old toughie bred to war and already experienced in the Saxons 'savage campaign against Slavs and the Hungarians.
As a long-time Athelstan watcher (I'm writing a book on him), I confess I almost felt my eyes prickle when I saw the startling image of the open lead coffin: an ivory silk shroud covering (or at least so I imagined with narrowed eyes) an almost discernible human shape.
The inscription said the occupant was Eadgyth, queen of the Germans, the Anglo-Saxon granddaughter of Alfred the Great, sister of Athelstan the first king of a united England.