The Scots, under King Constantine III, weren't all Scottish either, other Northumbrians, supporting Eadred
of Bamburgh were happy to join in.
In 875 the Bishop of Lindisfarne, Eardulf, decided in consultation with the Abbot of Carlisle, Eadred
, to take up the coffin of the saint and leave Lindisfarne.
The details of such an arrangement are, of course, impossible to recover, but they may have revolved around the idea that Athelstan would be king over the southumbrian English but not found his own dynasty and thereby pave the way for his succession by his youngest half-brothers, Eadgifu's sons Eadmund and Eadred
. The king's sexuality may have made such an arrangement easier, but historians cannot infer such from the evidence available to us.
As would have been Eadred
, Eadwig, Ethelred, Hereward, Cnut and Hathacunut.
Succeeding his uncle King Eadred
in 955 at about the age of 15 and considered exceptionally handsome, Eadwig quickly gained himself a reputation.
His sons were Eadred
and Eadmund and his three daughters, Eadburg, Eadgifu, and Eadgyth.
'In this year,' states the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (D text) for 952, 'King Eadred
had Wulfstan imprisoned in the stronghold at Iudanburh because he had been frequently accused to the king' (Garmonsway 1953: 112; cf.