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The Athelstan Myth

Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol.  48, (1916), pp. 174- 179.

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J. J. Alexander, M.A., J.P.

Prepared by Michael Steer

The paper was presented at the Association’s July 1916 Plymouth meeting. Athelstan (lit.'noble stone'; c.894 – 27 October 939) was King of the Anglo-Saxons from 924 to 927 and King of the English from 927 to his death in 939.  He was the son of King Edward the Elder and his first wife, Ecgwynn. Modern historians regard him as the first King of England and one of the "greatest Anglo-Saxon kings". He never married and had no children. He was succeeded by his half-brother, Edmund I. King Athelstan set the modern day boundary of Devon and Cornwall at the Tamar, indicating continued cultural and ethnic distinction between the two counties, albeit under his overlordship. As far as the West Country is concerned, the author asserts that he was a generous benefactor and a promoter of concord. The Paper, from a copy of a rare and much  sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

 

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Alfred the Great174, 178
Asser178
Athelstan, King174-179
Birch174
Burch178
Borlase177
Burhred, King178
Caesar179
Carew177
Cledauc178
Constantine, King178
Crawford174-5, 177
Crediton, Eadulf Bishop of175
Daniell176
Dungarth, King178
Dunstan177-9
Durham, Simeon of174
Edward the Elder174, 178
Egbert177-9
Ethelred the Unready177-8
Ethelwerd174
Freemen177, 179
Gaunt, John of177
Gilbert, C.S177
Guthrum179
Gwent, Owen of178
Hassell177
Hodgkin175
Hooker177
Howel the Good178
Howel, King174, 176-9
Juthwal178
Kemble174
Kenstec178
Malmesbury, William of174-9
Paris, Matthew179
Polwhele177
Ramsbury, Bishop Athelstan179
Sherborne, Bishop Athelstan179
Whitaker177
Worcester, Florence of174