Birth of an Empire


Today in History, July 12: 927 – King of the Anglo-Saxons Aethelstan, after some combat and some reaching out, receives the submission of Northern English kings at Eamont, becoming the first King of the English, the first to rule all of England at once. Although the peace made would last for only seven years, his accomplishment is considered the closest thing to a “birth” of England, as he brought together a kingdom from Wessex to Scotland to York, which had been under Viking control.