Edmund II Ironside
Reign 1016 CE

Monetary System
Silver Pennies and Gold Thrymsas
40 Pence = 1 Thrymsa

Edmund II Ironside was born to Aethelred II and Elfreda (AElfgifu) in 989 CE. Edmund II was proclaimed king by the Londoners in 1016 CE after the death of his father. Edmund led the defense of the city of London against the invading Danish King Canute. The Witan (Council), meeting at Southampton, chose Canute as King. Edmund fought brilliantly and defeated the Danish forces at Oxford and Kent earning the nickname Ironside. But he was defeated by Canute's forces at Ashingdon, Essex. A peace agreement between Edmund and Canute left country divided, Wessex under Edmund II and Canute controlling Mercia and Northumbria.  Edmund II ruled part of England for a few months.

Edmund II married Ealdgyth in 1015 and had two children  Edward Atheling and Edmund. Edmund II died in November of 1016 CE and interred at Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset, England.


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