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Saint Edward "the Martyr", King of England

Saint Edward "the Martyr", King of England

Male 963 - 978  (15 years)

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  • Name Edward  
    • According to Panton (2011) "Edward’s brief, three-year reign as king of the English was marked by growing opposition to the monasteries and ended in violence. Scholars agree that he was the son of King Edgar of England, but they are less certain about his legitimacy and about his mother, who was probably Aethelflaed Eneda, whom Edgar later married. He was chosen as the new ruler when his father died in 975, but the accession was contested by Aelfthryth (or Elfrida), Edgar’s second wife, who advanced the cause of Aethelred, her own seven-year-old child, later known as Aethelred the Unready. Although the decision in favor of the older boy was made by the witan (the king’s group of advisors), Aelfthryth refused to accept defeat and allied herself with men who opposed her late husband’s policy of granting land to religious bodies, primarily because they wanted it for themselves. Edward sided with the church and appeared to be popular with his people, but he was only 13 when he succeeded to the throne, and there is little doubt that the inexperience of youth was reflected in some of his judgments." [3]
    Born 962/63  [2, 3, 4, 6, 7
    Crowned 8 Jul 975  Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 7
    History 976  [5
    Died 18 Mar 978  Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle, Dorsetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Buried After 18 Mar 978  Wareham Priory, Dorsetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Burial 981  Shaftesbury Abbey, Shaftesbury, Dorsetshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 7
    Canonized 1001  [4
    Burial Sep 1984  Church of St. Edward the Martyr, Brookwood, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Web References 2019 
    Reign From 975 to 978  [4
    Person ID I22417 
    Last Modified 13 Aug 2020 

    Father Edgar "the Peaceful", King of England,   b. 943, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 975, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Mother Æthelfæda the Fair 
    Married 961  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2231  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsCrowned - Age: 13 - 8 Jul 975 - Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Mar 978 - Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle, Dorsetshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - After 18 Mar 978 - Wareham Priory, Dorsetshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 981 - Shaftesbury Abbey, Shaftesbury, Dorsetshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - Sep 1984 - Church of St. Edward the Martyr, Brookwood, Surrey, England Link to Google Earth
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    Coin of Edward the Martyr
    Coin of Edward the Martyr

  • Sources 
    1. [S1461] Burke, John and John Bernard Burke. The Royal Families of England, Scotland and Wales with their Descendants, Sovereigns and Subjects , (London: E. Churton, 1848), Secondary Source.

    2. [S1939] Cannon, John. Oxford: The Kings and Queens of Britain, (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2001), Secondary Source.

    3. [S1940] Panton, Kenneth J. Historical Dictionary of the British Monarchy, (Lanham, UK: Scarecrow Press, 2011), Secondary Source.

    4. [S65] Sewell, Robert James. Sewell: A History of the Sewell Family from the Earliest Times, (unknown: manuscript, March 2008), Secondary Source.

    5. [S1941] Soud, David. Kings & Queens of Great Britain, (San Diego, California: Thunder Bay Press, 2017), Secondary Source.

    6. [S1682] Weir, Alison. Britain's Royal Families, (London: Vintage Books, 1989), Secondary Source.

    7. [S304] Wikipedia, Secondary Source.
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