Book of Saints – Edward the Confessor


EDWARD THE CONFESSOR (Saint) King (October 13) (11th century) The son of Ethelred the Unready, born A.D. 1004, and brought up in exile on account of the Danish occupation of England. He was crowned King of England on the restoration of the Anglo-Saxon line (A.D. 1042). A just ruler and in all things considerate of the interests of his subjects, he yet, by the continuous proofs of affection he gave to the Normans, who had befriended him in his youth, stirred up a feeling against him among the high nobles. Foremost among these was the powerful Earl Godwin, whose daughter, Edith, he had espoused. But the Commoners were for “Good King Edward,” and for centuries idolised his memory. His armies were successful in wars with the Scots and Welsh, while peace was maintained within his own dominions. His remission of the odious tax called the Dane-Gelt, and the wise laws he enacted, endeared him to his people, and his care for the interests of religion was of lasting good to them. He died January 5, A.D. 1060, and his body was enshrined in Westminster Abbey, built or rather restored by him, where it yet remains. His festival is kept by the Church on October 13, the anniversary of the Translation at Westminster of his relics.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Edward the Confessor”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 November 2012. Web. 25 May 2019. <>