Edmund I (920/921–946) was King of the English from 939 until his
death. He was a son of King Edward the Elder and his third wife Eadgifu,
and a grandson of Alfred the Great. Edmund's predecessor and half-
brother Æthelstan had become the first king of all England when he
conquered Viking-ruled York in 927, but on his death Anlaf Guthfrithson
seized control of York and north-east Mercia. Edmund recovered control
over all England in 944. He continued his brother's friendly relations
with Continental rulers; some were married to his half-sisters. Key
advisers include his mother and Ealdorman Æthelstan of East Anglia,
known as the Half-King because he was so powerful. Edmund actively
legislated. Three of his codes survive; they regulated feuds and
emphasised the sanctity of the royal person. Edmund supported the
religious English Benedictine Reform in its early stages. After a
deranged thief killed him in a brawl he was succeeded by his younger
brother Eadred (d. 955) and two sons in succession.
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