July 17, 924: Death of King Edward the Elder
|Coin of King Edward the Elder, diademed, facing left. Legend: + EADVVEARD REX.|
The Chronicle is largely silent about the last four years of Edward's reign, until his death in 924 at Farndon in Mercia. There is no more contemporary information, but William of Malmesbury in the 12th century notes that he died shortly after putting down a joint English and British revolt at Chester (in Mercia, close to Farndon). It is plausible that some of the Mercians still saw Edward as a "foreign" West Saxon ruler rather than the new king of the Anglo-Saxons, which was the spin that the West Saxon court developed for Alfred and his son Edward. A separate strand of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the Mercian Register, seems to give the Mercian view, and emphasizes at Æthelflæd's death in 918 that she had held lawful authority over the Mercians, and records that Edward then had her daughter Ælfwyn "deprived of all authority in Mercia and taken into Wessex". While all of the English were still fighting the Vikings as a common enemy, the Mercians were perhaps in no position to make their resentment felt; but perhaps it burst forth again when the wars were over and the Vikings defeated.
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