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Eadred succeeded his brother Edmund I in 946. Both were sons of Edward the Elder. He reigned for 9 years, succumbling to a blugeoning by Eric Bloodaxe in 955 CE, aged 30. He had poor health and is reported to have been unable to swallow solid food, having to chew it, drink the juices and spit out the residue. Unmarried, he left no son, and was succeeded by his nephew, Eadwig All-Fair, who appears to have planned on rectifying the omission by taking a wife and a mistress at the same time and from the same family.