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Edgar, King of the English: King of the English 959-75

by Peter Rex

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No proper biography of this King is possible due to the paucity of the sources for his reign (as opposed to those for his great grandfather Alfred). But this book makes a good attempt to look at the reasons why Edgar's reign seems to have been a very peaceful interlude in a century of warfare and why it was regarded as the highpoint of Anglo Saxon England, culminating in his famous "(re)coronation" of 973. The conclusions are based on reasoned supposition rather than strong primary evidence, but I found them largely persuasive. This King should be better known and probably would be if more facts were known - the ASC entries for the years of his reign are sparse. 4/5 ( )
  john257hopper | May 31, 2012 |
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Edgar, youngest son of King Edmund of Wessex, became ruler of a united England in 959. Although he became known as Edgar "the Peaceable," he ruled his country with an iron fist. His strict government was backed by military forces which deterred invasion by the Vikings. No such invading occurred from the time Eric Bloodaxe left York in 954 until 980, five years after Edgar's death. In this detailed account, Peter Rex follows his reign, during which he introduced the first form of national taxation, married at least twice, and fathered Edward the Martyr and Ethelred II, "the Unready."

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Written by Peter Rex, this is the first-ever biography of the Anglo-Saxon monarch who was the first king of England.

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