man Alfred "The Great" West Saxon King of England‏‎, son of Aethelwulf King of Kent & Wessex and Osburh‏.
Born ‎ 849 at Wantage, Berkshire, England, died ‎ Oct 26, 899 at Winchester, Hampshire, England‎, 49 or 50 years, buried ‎ at Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, England

Alfred ruled after his 3 older brothers died in battle.

Alfred is the only English king to bear the title "The Great." He fought the Danes, with whom he divided up England, eventually taking Mercia and Northumberland from them, along with Wessex, Kent, and London, he had almost all of England at the end. He encouraged the production of copies of "The Anglo Saxon Chronicles."

Alfred was one of the greatest men in history. He was crowned king at Winchester 871; founded the British Navy, organized the militia, compiled a code of laws, built schools and monasteries, and invited scholars to live at his court. He was a good scholar and translated many books.

Following copied from Barry Hummel, Jr, World Connect db=siderhummel,

From the late 8th century, attacks by Vikings from Scandinavia increased. After a major invasion in 865, the kingdoms of Northumbria and Mercia were rapidly overrun, and in 871 the Danish army attacked Wessex. The Wessex forces under the command of Alfred (reigned 871-99), then aged 21, defeated the Danes at the Battle of Edington in 878. The Danes withdrew to an area north of a frontier running from London to Chester and known as 'Danelaw'.

This victory did not finish the Danish threat, and Alfred reorganised the Wessex defences by organising his army on a rota basis, so he could raise a 'rapid reaction force' to deal with raiders whilst still enabling his thegns and peasants to tend their farms. Second, Alfred started a building programme of well-defended settlements across southern England as a defence in depth against Danish raiders. Alfred also ordered the building of a navy of new fast ships to patrol the coasts and meet invaders before they penetrated inland.

Other reforms included establishing a legal code (assembled from the laws of his predecessors and of the kingdoms of Mercia and Kent), and reforming the coinage. Illiterate in Latin until the age of 38, Alfred promoted literacy, religion and education, and directed the translation of works of religious instruction, philosophy and history into the vernacular; this was partly so that people could read his orders and legislation. The energetic royal authority demonstrated in Alfred's policies presaged the Wessex kings' rule of all England during the next century.

Married ‎ 868 (30 or 31 years married) to:

woman Ealhswith of "@N42769@" Mercia‏‎, daughter of Aethelred II Mucil Earl of Mercia and Eadburh Fadburn‏.
Born ‎ 849 at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England, died ‎ Dec 5, 905‎, 55 or 56 years


woman Aethelflaed of Wessex , Queen of Mercia‏‎
Born ‎ 869 at Wessex, Wessex, England, died ‎ Jun 12, 918 at Tamsworth, England‎, 48 or 49 years, buried ‎ at St. Peters, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England

Aethelflaed appears to have ruled Mercia after her husband's death, and maybe before.
woman Aelfthryth Princess of England‏
Born ‎± 872 at Wessex, England, died ‎ Jun 7, 929‎, approximately 57 years
man Edward "The Elder" West Saxon King of England‏‎
Born ‎ 875 at Wessex, England, died ‎ Jul 17, 924 at Farndon on Dee, Farrington, Berkshire, England‎, 48 or 49 years

Edward, byname EDWARD THE ELDER (d. 17 July 924, Farndon on Dee, England), Anglo Saxon king in England, the son of Alfred the Great. As ruler of the West Saxons, or Wessex, from 899 to 924, Edward extended his authority over almost all of England by conquering areas that previously had been held by Danish invaders.

Edward ascended the throne upon his father's death in October 899, and in battle in 902 his forces killed a rival claimant, Aethelwald, who had allied with the Danes. After defeating the Northumbrian Danes at Tettenhall, he set out in August 912 to subdue the Danes of the eastern Midlands and East Anglia. From 910 to 916 he constructed a series of fortified enclosures around his Kingdom of Wessex.

At the same time, his sister, the Mercian ruler Aethelflaed, constructed a complementary series of fortresses in the northwest Midlands. In 917 Edward and Aethelflaed launched a massive offensive, quickly overwhelming the entire Danish army of East Anglia. Upon Aethelflaed's death in June 918, Edward assumed control of Mercia, and by the end of the year the last Danish armies in the Midlands had submitted. By that time Edward's kingdom included all the lands south of the Humber estuary; in 920 he pacified Northumbria. Complete political unification of England was achieved during the reign of his son and successor, Athelstan (reigned 924-939). [Encyclopaedia Britannica]

Following copied from Barry Hummel, Jr, World Connect db=siderhummel,

Well-trained by Alfred, his son Edward 'the Elder' (reigned 899-924) was a bold soldier who defeated the Danes in Northumbria at Tettenhall in 910 and was acknowledged by the Viking kingdom of York. The kings of Strathclyde and the Scots submitted to Edward in 921. By military success and patient planning, Edward spread English influence and control. Much of this was due to his alliance with his formidable sister Aethelflaed, who was married to the ruler of Mercia and seems to have governed that kingdom after her husband's death.

Edward was able to establish an administration for the kingdom of England, whilst obtaining the allegiance of Danes, Scots and Britons. Edward died in 924, and he was buried in the New Minster which he had had completed at Winchester. Edward was twice married, but it is possible that his eldest son Athelstan was the son of a mistress.