Saint Edgar the Peaceful

[Saint Edgar the Peaceful]
Also known as

  • Eadgar the Peaceful
  • Edgar the Peaceable
  • Edgar I
  • Edgar of England



Born a prince, the son of King Edmund I and Saint Elgiva of Shaftesbury. King of the Mercians and Northumbrians in 957. King of the West Saxons on 1 October 959, which effectively made him king of all England. Efficient and unusually tolerant of local customs; while he spent much time in military actions, his reign was a peaceful period for civilians. Supported his friend Saint Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Oswald of York, and Bishop Aethelwold of Winchester in founding abbeys, encouraged the Benedictine movement, and enacted penalties for nonpayment of tithes and Peter’s pence. Father of Saint Edward the Martyr.





MLA Citation

  • “Saint Edgar the Peaceful“. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 November 2009. Web. 1 July 2015. <>