king of England (1016), known as ‘Ironside’. After the death of *Æthelred in April 1016, his son Edmund, then in his early twenties, was recognized as his successor and took command of the forces resisting Cnut. A season of hard campaigning produced varying fortunes. Cnut failed in his efforts to take London, but Edmund was defeated in the autumn at Ashingdon in Essex. Cnut was content to come to terms and reached an agreement near Deerhurst to partition the kingdom, leaving Edmund in possession of Wessex. However, Edmund himself died on 30 November 1016, and Cnut was received as king throughout England.
Subjects: British History.