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Edward the Confessor

Edward the Confessor

King of England
In office
Preceded by Harthacanute
Succeeded by Harold Godwinson

Born 1002[1]
Islip, Oxfordshire, Kingdom of England
Died January 5, 1066 (aged 64)
London, Kingdom of England

Saint Edward the Confessor was an Anglo-Saxon King of England, ruling England from 1042 to 1066 AD. Edward was the son of King Ethelred the Unready, and he was raised in Normandy after England was conquered by the Danish King Canute in 1016 AD.


When Edward became King, he brought many advisers from Normandy with him, including Robert of Jumiege, whom he made Archbishop of Canterbury in 1051 AD. This made many of the Anglo-Saxon nobles unhappy, and Godwin, the Earl of Wessex, led an unsuccessful revolt against Edward. During his rule, Edward spent much of his time in prayer, built Westminster Abbey, and is remembered for his generousity.[2][3][4][5]

William the Conquerer, Duke of Normandy, claimed that Edward had promised him the English throne, and when Edward died in 1066 AD William invaded England and made himself king.

Ancient Rhyme:

Edward the Confesor
slept under the dresser.
When that began to pall,
he slept in the hall.