Æthelstan 'the Glorious', 1st King of the English

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Lithuanian: Atelstanas Šlovingasis
Birthplace: Kingdom of Wessex, England
Death: October 27, 939 (39-50)
Place of Burial: Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England
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Son of Edward I "the Elder", king of The Anglo-Saxons and Ecgwynn
Brother of Ælfred and Eadgyth
Half brother of Ælfgifu; Eadwin; Æthelflæda, nun at Romsey; Ælfweard, king of the English; Eadgifu and 9 others

Occupation: King of england, Roi, de Wessex, d'Angleterre, 925, King of England 924/5 - 939, King of England, King 925 - 939, Englannin Kuningas, Anglijos karalius 924/925-939 m.
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About Æthelstan 'the Glorious', 1st King of the English

Æthelstan or Athelstan was King of the Anglo-Saxons from 924 to 927 and King of the English from 927 to 939. He was the son of King Edward the Elder and his first wife, Ecgwynn. Modern historians regard him as the first King of England and one of the greatest Anglo-Saxon kings. He never married and had no children.
Athelstan died on 27 October 939, and his half-brother Edmund succeeded him as king.

The Park Hall Ardens, Part II, Chapter 1.


mentions King Athelstan, and his daughter, Leonetta

Some time after his marriage, says the legend, Guy went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and on his return, in the third year of King Athelstan, 926, he found the kingdom in great peril from an invasion of the Danes. They were, however, secure in their faith in their champion, Colbrand the Giant, willing to leave the issue to the result of a single contest between him and any of the King's knights. King Athelstan's chief warriors were either dead or abroad, and he mourned in his spirit. A vision revealed to him that he must welcome at the gate of Winchester an unknown pilgrim as the defender of the country. The King obeyed the vision in faith, unwittingly welcomed Guy, and laid on him the responsibility of becoming the national champion.

Page 164, Heraud succeeded in finding young Raynborn in Russia, to whom, on his return, the grateful King Athelstan gave his beautiful daughter Leonetta in marriage.


Savernake Forest is more than 1,000 years old. The first written record comes in a charter of King Athelstan in AD 934 which refers to 'Safernoc'. That makes it several centuries older than the New Forest, planted by the Normans.

The origin of the name Savernake is unclear, though it may come from the same root as the River Severn. Alternatively, it may come from Saxon words for 'sweet fern'. The 'oc' or 'ake' ending probably refers to oak trees, which make up a large proportion of the woodlands.

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Æthelstan 'the Glorious', 1st King of the English's Timeline

Kingdom of Wessex, England
- 940
Age 31
King of England
Age 32
October 27, 939
Age 46
Age 46
Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England
Age 46
December 8, 1927
Age 46
February 24, 1937
Age 46
August 26, 1993
Age 46