Eadgar "The Peacable" DE WESSEX, King of England
- Born: 944, Wessex, England
- Married (3): 964, Wessex, England
- Died: 8 Jul 975, Winchester, Hampshire, England
- Buried: Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, England
The first king of a united England. He allowed his Danish subjects to retain Dainsh law. Edgar promoted a monastic revival and encouraged trade by reforming the currency. He iproved defence by organizing coastal naval patrols and a system for manning warships. Although he succeeded on 1 OCT 959, he was not crowned until 11 May, 973, at Bath Abbey, because St. Dunstan, the Archbishop of Canterbury, disappproved of his way of life.
Dunstan, who had been exiled by Edwy, was recalled and appointed Archbishop of Canterbury. Dunstan organised an elaborate coronation for Edgar at Bath and afterwards had a powerful influence on the King. Edgar associated himself closely with the Church and his reign was peaceful and the country was well organised, having a common system of weights, measures and coinage. The courts of justice functioned well and both education and literature flourished. In 973 all the lesser kings, including the Welsh princes, promised allegiance and eight of them made a symbolic gesture by rowing a barge with the King at the helm upon the River Dee.
Eadgar married Æðelflaeda "the Fair". (Æðelflaeda "the Fair" died between 962 and 964 in Wilton Abbey, Wiltshire, England.)
Eadgar also married Wulfthryth.
Eadgar also married Queen Ælfrida (Ælfthryth) of Devon, daughter of Ordgar, Ealdorman of Devon and Unnamed of Devon, in 964 in Wessex, England. (Queen Ælfrida (Ælfthryth) of Devon was born about 947 in Devonshire, England, died on 17 Nov 1002 in Wherwell Abbey, Hampshire, England and was buried in Wherwell Abbey, Hampshire, England.)