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  • Published: 5 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241383025
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128
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Edward the Confessor (Penguin Monarchs)

The Sainted King




Edward the Confessor, one of the last kings of Anglo-Saxon England, is in part a figure of myths created in the later medieval period. David Woodman traces the course of his 24-year-long reign through the lens of contemporary sources, from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the Vita Ædwardi Regis to the Bayeux Tapestry, to uncover the fraught and complex politics of his life. Edward was a shrewd politician who, having endured a long period of exile from England in his youth, ascended the throne in 1042 and came to control a highly sophisticated administration. Such was his power in the mid-eleventh century that the late Anglo-Saxon coinage from his reign is the only example in western Europe of a royal monopoly across such a large area.

What we know as 'England' had only relatively recently come into being and Woodman constructs a portrait of an age by untangling the truth from the saintly legend and shows how the events of Edward's reign led, through many twists and turns, to the Norman Conquest.

  • Published: 5 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241383025
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 128
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Praise for Edward the Confessor (Penguin Monarchs)

David Woodman charts a shrewd course through the plentiful and often contradictory narrative sources for Edward the Confessor's reign. His book is particularly admirable for its recognition that, unusually for an English monarch, Edward proved still more influential dead than alive.

Professor George Garnett

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