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Edward the Confessor

Born: 1004 AD
Died: 1066 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: King, Saint

1004 – He was born this year in Islip, Oxfordshire, England. He is the son of Ethelred the Unready, was the penultimate Anglo-Saxon King of England and the last of the House of Wessex, ruling from 1042 until his death.


1013 – He and his brother Alfred were taken to Normandy by their mother Emma of Normandy, sister of Normandy’s Duke Richard II, to escape the Danish invasion of England. Edward developed an intense personal piety in his quarter-century of Norman exile, during his most formative years, while England formed part of a great Danish empire.


1036 – After an abortive attempt with Alfred. He tried to displace their stepbrother Harold Harefoot from the throne. Edward returned to Normandy, however, Alfred was captured and killed by Godwin, Earl of Wessex.


1045 – Edward had married Godwin’s daughter Edith on the 23rd day of January this year, but the union was childless. The reason for this is the subject of much speculation. Possible explanations include Edward, having taken vow of chastity, considering the union a spiritual marriage, the age difference between Edward and Edith engendering a filial rather than spousal relationship.


1051 – The murder of his brother is thought to be the source of much of his later hatred for the Earl and played a major part in the reason for his banishment in autumn of this year; Edward said that the only way in which Godwin could be forgiven was if he brought back the murdered Alfred, an impossible task.


1066 – He died on the 5th day of January this year in Westminster, England. When he died, he had no son to take over the throne so there was a problem as three people claimed the throne of England.


1161 – Edward was canonised in this year and is considered a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, which regards Edward the Confessor as the patron saint of kings, difficult marriages, and separated spouses.