Saint Edmund of East Anglia

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Edmund of East Anglia, date and artist unknown; clerestory of Our Lady and the English Martyrs church, Cambridge, England; swiped with permission from the flickr account of Brother Lawrence Lew, OPAlso known as

  • Edmund the Martyr
  • King of the East Angles



King of East Anglia at age 14, crowned on Christmas Day 855 by Bishop Saint Humbert of Elmham. Edmund was a model ruler, concerned with justice for his people and his own spirituality; he spent a year sequestered at Hunstanton learning the Psalter by heart. Following one of a series of armed engagement with invading Danes, he was captured. He was ordered to give his Christian people to the pagan invaders; he refused. Martyr.






MLA Citation

  • “Saint Edmund of East Anglia“. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 November 2021. Web. 26 January 2022. <>