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Edward the Confessor: Last of the Royal Blood

Tom Licence


One of the last kings of Anglo-Saxon England, Edward the Confessor regained the throne for the House of Wessex and is the only English monarch to have been canonized. Often cast as a reluctant ruler, easily manipulated by his in-laws, he has been blamed for causing the invasion of 1066—the last successful conquest of England by a foreign power. This book navigates the contemporary webs of political deceit to present a strikingly different Edward. He was a compassionate man and conscientious ruler, whose reign marked an interval of peace and prosperity between periods of strife. More than any m ... More

Keywords: Edward the Confessor, Anglo-Saxon England, House of Wessex, English monarch, political deceit, royalty, canonization, saint

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300211542
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300211542.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Licence, author
University of East Anglia