The Anglo- Saxon Dynasty
Following a civil war Offa becomes King of Mercia.
Death of Offa. His son Ecgfrith becomes King but he dies a few months later. Coenwulf rules as King of Mercia until his death in 821.
Egbert becomes King of Wessex. During his reign the Kingdom of Wessex becomes the dominant power in England.
Death of Egbert. He is succeeded by his son Æthelwulf.
Death of Æthelwulf. His son Æthelbald becomes King of Wessex
Death of Æthelbald. He is succeeded by his brother Æthelbert
Death of Æthelbert. He is succeeded by his brother Æthelred.
871 – Alfred the Great – King of Wessex
Death of Æthelred I. His brother Alfred ‘The Great’ becomes King of Wessex. Visit our dedicated Alfred the Great page.
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Establishment of the Danelaw
Death of Alfred ‘The Great’. Alfred’s son Edward ‘The Elder’ becomes King of the Anglo-Saxons
Death of Edward ‘The Elder’ His son Æthelstan becomes King of the Anglo-Saxons, later King of England
Death of Æthelstan. He is succeeded by his half-brother Edmund as King of England
Death of Edmund I. His younger brother Edred becomes King of England
Death of Edred. He is succeeded by Edwy the son of Edmund I
Death of Edwy. His brother Edgar becomes King of England
Death of Edgar. He is succeeded by his son Edward II ‘The Martyr’
Edward II is murdered at Corfe Castle. His younger half-brother Æthelred II ‘The Unready’ becomes King of England.
Æthelred II flees to Normandy. King Sweyn ‘Forkbeard’ becomes the first Danish King of England.
Death of Sweyn ‘Forkbeard’. Æthelred returns as King of England.
Death of Æthelred II. His son Edmund II ‘Ironside’ succeeds him but dies a few months later. Cnut (Canute) ‘The Great’, son of King Sweyn becomes King of England.
Death of King Cnut. He is succeeded by his two sons Harold Harefoot and Harthacnut.
Death of Harold Harefoot
Death of Harthacnut. Edward III ‘The Confessor’ son of Æthelred II, becomes King of England.
Death of Edward III in January. Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex is crowned King of England. He dies in October at the Battle of Hastings. Edgar Ætheling is elected King (but not crowned) by the Anglo-Saxon Witan. He leads a brief uprising against William, Duke of Normandy.