Saint Edward the Martyr

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Edward the Martyr, date unknown, artist unknown; swiped with permission from the flickr account of Brother Lawrence Lew, OPAlso known as

  • Edward II

Memorial

Profile

Son of King Edgar the Peaceful, and Æthelflæd. On Edgar’s death in 975, there was a disputed succession between Edward and his younger half-brother, Æthelred, Edgar’s son by Ælfthryth, but Edward was chosen King of England at age 13; he reigned less than three years. Killed at the behest of his step-mother Elfrida so her son could take the throne, and popularly proclaimed a martyr.

Born

Died

Canonized

Patronage

Representation

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Edward the Martyr“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 June 2018. Web. 24 June 2018. <>