Edward the Confessor Biography
Edward the Confessor, also known as Saint Edward the Confessor, was one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings of England. He ruled from 1042 to 1066. Though many regarded him as an ineffectual monarch who was overshadowed by the nobles, he is known for preserving the unity of the kingdom and dignity of the crown throughout his reign. He was born as the seventh son of Æthelred the Unready, and the first by his second wife. He ascended to the throne after the death of the reigning King of England, his half-brother Harthacnut. In his claim to the throne, he was supported by the powerful English earl Godwin. His nickname portrays a traditional image of him as pious and unworldly. His name also reflects his image as a saint who did not suffer martyrdom, unlike King Edward the Martyr. His reputation for piety grew in the years after his death. He had a childless marriage and his childlessness was attributed to his commitment to a celibate lifestyle. He was also known for issuing prophecies and for performing miracles. During the Middle Ages, he became one of the favorite saints of English kings such as Henry III and Richard II.