Edward the Elder (c. 874 – 924) was King of the Anglo-Saxons from
899 until his death. He was the elder son of Alfred the Great and his
wife Ealhswith. When Edward succeeded to the throne, the Vikings ruled
Northumbria, East Anglia and eastern Mercia, leaving only Wessex and
western Mercia under Anglo-Saxon control. In 910 a Mercian and West
Saxon army inflicted a decisive defeat on an invading Northumbrian army,
ending the threat from the northern Vikings. In the 910s, Edward
conquered Viking-ruled southern England in partnership with his sister
Æthelflæd, who ruled Mercia. By 919 he ruled Wessex, Mercia and East
Anglia, and only Northumbria remained under Viking rule. Edward was
admired by medieval chroniclers, but he was largely ignored by modern
historians until the 1990s, partly because few primary sources for his
reign survive. He is now seen as destroying the power of the Vikings in
southern England while laying the foundations for a south-centred united
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Nicaean–Latin wars: Alexios Strategopoulos led Nicaean forces
to recapture Constantinople, leading to the reestablishment of the
Byzantine Empire and the end of the Latin Empire.
Spanish–American War: After more than two months of sea-based
bombardment, the United States invaded Puerto Rico.
Australia (captain pictured) set a world record for the highest
successful run-chase in Test cricket history during the Fourth Test of
the Ashes series against England.
The orbiting spacecraft Viking 1 took a photograph of an
apparent face on Mars in a classic example of pareidolia.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
2. To make (sounds), or to speak (words), loudly or reverberatingly.
3. Of a place: to cause (a sound) to reverberate; to echo.
4. To praise or spread the fame of (someone or something) with the voice
or the sound of musical instruments; to celebrate, to extol; also, to
declare (someone) to be a certain thing.
6. Of a place: to reverberate with sound or noise.
7. Of a sound, a voice, etc.: to reverberate; to ring.
8. Especially of a musical instrument: to make a (deep or reverberating)
sound; also, to make sounds continuously.
10. Of an event: to have a major effect in a certain place or time.
11. Of a person, their reputation, etc.: to be much lauded or mentioned.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.
Thus people haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a
new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also
by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited
opportunities for both.
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