Anniversary of the death of King Athelstan


Athelstan died on 27 October 939, 1077 years ago today (27/10/2016) and almost exactly 40 years after his grandfather Alfred (d. 26 October 899).

In her excellent biography of Athelstan, Sarah Foot further relates that some evidence exists for his death occurring at Gloucester.

Athelstan was buried at Malmesbury Abbey, but his tomb (see image), although still there, now lies empty.