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Aethelstan, King of the Anglo-Saxons

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Last Stocked on 5/5/2019
Aethelstan, King of the Anglo-Saxons
Product Note: 5 pcs.
Publish Year: 2019
Dimensions: 3x5x1"
Restockable: Yes
Mfg. part #: GPBSHVA17
Type: Miniatures Pack

Description

Son of King Edward the Elder, Aethelstan's date of birth is unknown. He inherited the kingdom upon his father's death in 924, his brother having mysteriously died a few days earlier. He was crowned in 925, but had difficulty controlling his counts outside Mercia and Wessex. He waited for the King of York to die before seizing Northumbria. Once his authority was finally recognized and accepted, a period of peace developed between the Saxons and Scotland, Strathclyde and Wales. For reasons which remain mysterious, Aethelstan decided to invade Scotland in 934, marching all the way to the far Viking north. His army was primarily made up of Welsh and Danes. In 937, his Scottish and Strathclyde enemies allied with the Irish to invade northern England. After taking the time to assemble a large army, Aethelstan crushed the coalition in the Battle of Brunanburh in 937. He suffered such great casualties that his power was weakened, and the battle was considered the bloodiest ever fought by the Anglo-Saxons. Many nobles died but the battle consolidated the unity of the English kingdom. Aethelstan retired and lived out the end of his life in a monastery.

Miniatures are supplied unpainted and some assembly may be required.