Edward the Confessor (1005-1066) - King of England 1042-1066

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King Edward the Confessor restored the Saxon dynasty to the English throne after many years of Danish rule. He was a very pious monarch and spent most of his time praying and building Westminster Abbey. He didn't seem interested in his wife or in producing an heir to the throne. Unfortunately, he, therefore, had no obvious heir at his death and this situation led to a series of invasions and, finally, the Conquest of England by Duke William the Bastard of Normandy. Edward was buried in Westminster Abbey a few days after its completion. He was reverred as a saint and was the Patron Saint of England before the introduction of the worship of St. George.

For more details of King Edward the Confessor's life, take a look at our Early British Kingdoms website.

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