Edward the Martyr

Edward the Martyr

Birth
Death 18 Mar 978 (aged 17–18)
Burial Brookwood, Woking Borough, Surrey, England
Plot Plot 39
Memorial ID 8245405 · View Source
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King of England, Catholic saint. The only son of King Edgar the Peaceful and his first wife Aethelflead, the date or exact year of his birth are unknown. His mother died shortly after Edward's birth, and Edgar married Aelfthryth, by whom he had two sons. Upon Edgar's death in 975, the country was divided between those who favored the young Edward and those who favored his young half-brother, Ethelred. Edward was eventually chosen and crowned by his chief supporters, Bishops Dunstan and Oswald. His reign started out very badly with a comet sighting, which was thought to be a bad omen. Famine ensued as well as an anti-monastic uprisings. Edward was murdered, possibly by followers of Ethelred, possibly by members of his own household, at Corfu Castle after a reign of only about 3 years. He was buried with no ceremony at Wareham. Three years later he was disinterred, and his body is said to have been found incorrupt. He was buried with proper ceremony at Shaftesbury Abbey. Edwards cult gained support, and many miracles occurring at his tomb were attributed to his intercession. He was elevated to sainthood in 1001. In 1931, during excavations at the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey, the remains of Edward were uncovered and identified. After a search for a church willing to properly house and glorify the saint's relics, they were donated to the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. They were enshrined with great ceremony in a mortuary chapel in Brookwood Cemetery, Woking, in 1984.

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  • Originally Created by: Connie Nisinger
  • Added: 7 Jan 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8245405
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward the Martyr (c.960–18 Mar 978), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8245405, citing Brookwood Cemetery, Brookwood, Woking Borough, Surrey, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .