Edward the Confessor, King of England
Edward, the son of
the Unready and Eligiva of Normandy, was born at Islip in Oxfordshire in
Edward the Confessor
Edward succeed Hardicanute to the English throne in January 1042. He was crowned in Winchester Cathedral on Easter Sunday 1043. He was devoted to a life of religion, and founded Westminster Abbey. He lived to see the building consecrated on December 28th, 1065, but he died a few days afterwards and was buried in the abbey.
Left: death of Edward the Confessor (Bayeux
When Queen Eadgyth died in 1075, she was placed by his side. Edward was canonized in 1161.
Edward the Confessor was succeeded by his brother-in-law, Harold Godwinson.
When Westminster Abbey was rebuilt by Henry III, Edward's body was transferred to rest in the shrine which now stands in the abbey.