Edward Biography

King (c. 1003–1066)
English king Edward the Confessor was not the most powerful, but he managed to keep the kingdom united and ascended to sainthood after his death.


After King Ethelred II died in 1016, a Danish invasion drove his son Edward into exile. Edward finally succeeded to the throne in 1041. But his power was usurped by Godwine, Earl of Wessex, Edward's father-in-law, then by Godwine's son Harold, who became Edward's successor. After his death, Edward was canonized Saint Edward the Confessor in a deal between King Henry II and Pope Alexander III.

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