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Edward the ConfessorLast of the Royal Blood$
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Tom Licence

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300211542

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300211542.001.0001

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(p.17) Chapter 1 Childhood
Edward the Confessor

Tom Licence

Yale University Press

This chapter begins with the history of Edward the Confessor's father, Æthelred. It is followed by events on Æthelred's marriage to Emma of Normandy. It describes how Edward spent the first part of his life in Normandy and how he grew up with deep religious views. The chapter explains how Edward had gained the nickname “Confessor” for his faith. It talks about the Viking raids in England by Sweyn Forkbeard and Cnut. It narrates the death of Æthelred when Edward was about eleven and how he was chosen by the witan and garrison to be the new king, though not unanimously for some sided with Cnut.

Keywords:   Æthelred, Emma, Normandy, Edward the Confessor, Sweyn Forkbeard, Cnut, witan, garrison

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