He was the youngest son of King Æthelwulf of Wessex.His father died when he was young. The sack of Rome by Alaric the Visigoth Honorius, the western Roman emperor, ... Death of Edith, queen of Edward the Confessor, at Winchester. The elder Hugh went abroad but the younger remained in the Cinque Ports and engaged in piracy. However, when Aethelred refused to let Eardwulf marry his daughter Aelfwynn and become the new Lord, Eardwulf secretly murdered Aethelred in his bed. Eardwulf was born in Mercia to an Anglo-Saxon noble family, and he rose to command Lord Aethelred's guard during the early 900s. As conceived by the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384–322 bce), aristocracy means the rule of the few—the morally and intellectually superior—governing in the…. Henry was only nine when his father died in 1216 and he became King of a rebellious nation. King William has her body brought solemnly to Westminster to be interred beside that of her husband in the abbey. Alfred the Great (848/9 – 26 October 899) was king of the West Saxons from 871 to c. 886 and king of the Anglo-Saxons from c. 886 to 899. To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. It roughly adapted the plots of the "The Pagan Lord" and "The Empty Throne", the seventh and eighth novels in Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories. The Sack of Winchester occurred in 911 AD when the Dyflin Viking army of Sihtric Caech launched a surprise attack on the West Saxon capital of Winchester and sacked and captured the city. He reported this to Aethelred, who decided to invade an undefended East Anglia. She then told the men that they could have their proof by finding Aethelred's ring in Eardwulf's neck pouch; Eardwulf ordered that his men fire on them or else he would execute them, but his own men drew their swords against him and forced him to give them the pouch. Eardwulf then led a search party to apprehend Aelfwynn and bring her back to Aylesbury to marry him, but Eardwulf's own sister convinced his guards to mutiny after revealing her brother's guilt in Aethelred's death. The elder, sent to defend Bristol, surrendered it to Isabella on October 26 and, after summary trial, was hanged the next day. 23 Jan 1045: Marriage of Edward to Edith: Edward married Edith, the daughter of Godwine, Earl of Wessex, the wealthiest and most powerful English subject. The Saxons adopted it as the capital of the Kingdom of Wessex and re-used the earlier defences to create a vast fortified burh. Corrections? Winchester Castle was built shortly after the Norman Conquest and it played important roles during the Anarchy and seventeenth century Civil War. They then came upon Uhtred and his party after Uhtred's retinue found that their only escape was a river full of plagued bodies, and Eardwulf ordered his men to kill all of the people except for Aelfwynn if Uhtred did not surrender her. One day, Eardwulf ventured into the prisoners' quarters while drunk and attempted to rape Uhtred's daughter Stiorra. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). ), who had been in the king’s household when he was prince of Wales. Eardwulf of Mercia (died 911) was a Mercian nobleman who commanded the "Mercian Guard" under Lord Aethelred of Mercia during the early 10th century AD. Nonetheless, Eardwulf fought alongside his lord at the decisive Battle of Tettenhall, where Aethelred was wounded. However, his sister Eadith was Aethelred's lover, giving him influence over the lord of Mercia. Hoping to cover up his mistake, Eardwulf killed the messenger, but Eadith forced him to tell Aethelred, as not doing so would let the Vikings destroy their lands and thus reduce them to commoners. Despenser family, unpopular favourites of England’s King Edward II, who were executed by Edward’s opponents, Queen Isabella and Roger Mortimer.. Hugh Le Despenser (in full Hugh Le Despenser, earl of Winchester; b. He then asked Eardwulf whether it was better to be loved or feared as a ruler, and asked him how Alfred and Aethelred ruled. Alfred (Aelfred) became ruler of the west Saxons after he and his brother defeated the Danish Vikings at the Battle of Ashdown. But his administration aroused discontent. Edward, byname Edward the Elder, (died July 17, 924, Farndon on Dee, Eng. The Domesday survey.