Vikings: Valhalla season 1 – who is Prince Edmund?

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: February 25, 2022 (Last updated: January 18, 2023)
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This article, “who is Prince Edmund” contains spoilers regarding Netflix’s Vikings: Valhalla season 1.

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Who is Prince Edmund in Vikings: Valhalla season 1?

Prince Edmund is the son of Aethelred the Unready and his first wife, now deceased. Although, not the expected King, the death of his two brothers meant that Edmund was next in line for the throne. Whilst Prince Edmund is extremely nervous about becoming King, a pep talk from Godwin soon convinces him otherwise. And, as a result, Prince Edmund becomes overly cocky about his role as King. 

It should be also noted that Prince Edmund’s role within Vikings: Valhalla is different from the path that he had in reality, at least, according to historians. This is because history books determine that he fought five battles against the Danes, married Ealdgyth, and had two sons, Edward and Edmund. Read below to find out how Prince Edmund’s journey in Vikings: Valhalla differs from reality. 

What does Prince Edmund do?

After Aethelred the Unready dies, he leaves Prince Edmund to face the wrath for the Saint Brice’s Day massacre. With his stepmother, Emma of Normandy, more than aware of the impending danger, she sends Prince Edmund to try and seek aid from Eadric Streona. With instructions from Emma not to leave Streona until they get what they want, Prince Edmund convinces Streona to loan him some of his men and horses for the upcoming battle. 

As the battle grows imminent, Prince Edmund pushes to have his coronation brought forward. And as his ego grows stronger, Godwin reminds him to “control your arrogance”. The battle begins. And after taunts from King Canute that he is a bleyoa” (coward), Prince Edmund, now King Edmund, falls into a trap. Unable to cross the bridge before it collapses, King Canute defeats King Edmund.

Yet, instead of allowing King Edmund to get killed by Harald, King Canute decides to rule England together. However, it’s not an agreement that Kind Edmund is overly happy about. And, after encouragement from Godwin, King Edmund decides to lead a resistance. However, unbeknown to King Edmund, Godwin leads him into a trap. And after King Edmund falls off his horse, Godwin stabs him in the chest. 

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