Person:Edward England (1)

Edward "the Confessor" _____
b.Bet 1002 and 1005 Islip, Oxfordshire, England
m. 5 Apr 1002
  1. Edward "the Confessor" _____Bet 1002 & 1005 - 1066
  2. Goda of EnglandAbt 1004 - Bef 1049
  3. Alfred Aetheling _____Aft 1005 - 1036
m. 23 Jan 1045
Facts and Events
Name Edward "the Confessor" _____
Alt Name Prince Edward III _____, of England
Gender Male
Birth[1] Bet 1002 and 1005 Islip, Oxfordshire, EnglandHouse of Wessex
Other? Bet 1042 and 1066 Reign
Marriage 23 Jan 1045 to Edith Godwinsdóttir, Queen of England
Death[1][4][5] 5 Jan 1066 City of London, Middlesex, England
Burial[1][4] Westminster Abbey, Westminster, Middlesex, England
Other? 1161 Vatican CityCanonization By Pope Alexander III
Reference Number? Q130005?

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Edward the Confessor ( ; , ; 1003 – 5 January 1066) was one of the last Anglo-Saxon English kings. Usually considered the last king of the House of Wessex, he ruled from 1042 to 1066.

Edward was the son of Æthelred the Unready and Emma of Normandy. He succeeded Cnut the Great's son – and his own half-brother – Harthacnut. He restored the rule of the House of Wessex after the period of Danish rule since Cnut conquered England in 1016. When Edward died in 1066, he was succeeded by his wife's brother Harold Godwinson, who was defeated and killed in the same year by the Normans under William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings. Edward's young great-nephew Edgar the Ætheling of the House of Wessex was proclaimed king after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 but was never crowned and was peacefully deposed after about eight weeks.

Historians disagree about Edward's fairly long 24-year reign. His nickname reflects the traditional image of him as unworldly and pious. Confessor reflects his reputation as a saint who did not suffer martyrdom as opposed to his uncle, King Edward the Martyr. Some portray Edward the Confessor's reign as leading to the disintegration of royal power in England and the advance in power of the House of Godwin, because of the infighting that began after his death with no heirs to the throne. Biographers Frank Barlow and Peter Rex, on the other hand, portray Edward as a successful king, one who was energetic, resourceful and sometimes ruthless; they argue that the Norman conquest shortly after his death tarnished his image. However, Richard Mortimer argues that the return of the Godwins from exile in 1052 "meant the effective end of his exercise of power", citing Edward's reduced activity as implying "a withdrawal from affairs".

About a century later, in 1161, Pope Alexander III canonised the king. Edward was one of England's national saints until King Edward III adopted George of Lydda as the national patron saint in about 1350. Saint Edward's feast day is 13 October, celebrated by both the Church of England and the Catholic Church.

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  2.   EADWARD ([1005]-Palace of Westminster 5 Jan 1066, bur Westminster Abbey), in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.
  3.   Æthelred II "the Unready", in Baldwin, Stewart, and Todd Farmerie. The Henry Project (King Henry II ): Ancestors of King Henry II.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Earle, John (ed.), and Charles (ed.) Plummer. Two of the Saxon Chronicles Parallel. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1892)

    MS E s.a. 1066: "se cyng Eadward forðferde on twelfta mæsse æfen. & hine mann bebyrgede on twelftan mæssedæg. innan þære niwan halgodre circean on Westmynstre."

  5. Thorpe, Benjamin. Florentii Wigorniensis. (London: Sumptibus Societatis, 1848)
    p. 224.
  6.   Edward 15 (Male), in The Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England.