Æþelræd (Ethelred) II Unræd, King of England
(Abt 968-1016)
Ælflæd, Queen of Wessex
Eadmund II "Ironside", King of Wessex
Ealdgyth, widow of Sigeferth FITZ ARNGRIM
Edward ÆÞELING, Prince of Wessex


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Edward ÆÞELING, Prince of Wessex

  • Born: 1016, Wessex, England
  • Married: Between 1040 and 1045
  • Died: 19 Apr 1057, London, Middlesex, England
  • Buried: St Paul Cathedral, London, Middlesex, England

  Research Notes:

Maybe twin with his brother Edmund or...born posthumously. He is the first prince in the Wessex royal family to have been named after his father, which suggests that he may have been born posthumously which could have justified this departure from the normal naming practice. According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, King Canute "banished [him] into Hungary … [where] he grew up to be a good man". Orderic Vitalis names "Edward et Edmund" as the two sons of king Edmund II, specifying that King Canute sent them to Denmark to be killed but that his brother "Suenon [error for Harald] roi de Danemark" sent them "comme ses neveux en otage au roi des Huns" where Edward "épousa la fille du roi et regna sur les Huns". Florence of Worcester specifies that the infants were first "sent to the king of the Swedes to be killed [but the latter] sent them to Solomon King of Hungary to spare their lives and have them brought up at his court". According to Adam of Bremen, the two brothers were "condemned to exile in Russia". Geoffrey Gaimar (in an altogether confusing account) names "Li uns…Edgar…li alters…Edelret" as the children of King Edmund, recounting that they were sent first to Denmark and later to "Russie [Susie], e vint en terre de Hungrie". Edward’s life in exile is discussed in detail by Ronay. Humphreys infers from the chronicles of Gaimar, Adam of Bremen and Roger of Hoveden that Edward spent some time at the court of Iaroslav I Grand Prince of Kiev. Assuming he was in exile in Hungary from childhood, he may have left for Kiev in 1037 with András Prince of Hungary who fled Hungary after the 1037 disgrace of his father, although this is unlikely.... If this is correct, he would have returned with András in [1046/47] when the latter succeeded as András I King of Hungary after King Péter Orseolo was deposed. Aldred Bishop of Worcester, ambassador of King Edward "the Confessor", "proposed to the emperor to send envoys to Hungary to bring back Edward and have him conducted to England", according to Florence of Worcester to be groomed to succeed to the English throne.

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records that Edward died "at London soon after his arrival" before meeting his uncle the king and also states his burial place. 1

  Marriage Information:

Edward married Agathe between 1040 and 1045.


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands, Eadmund.

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