#Onthisday in history: 3rd April 1043 A.D. Edward the Confessor is crowned king of England.

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He was the last of the Anglo-Saxons and the kings of England; also the last king of the “House of Wessex” who ruled from 1042-1066 A.D.

He was the son of the Ethelred the unready and Emma of Normandy. Later Edward had succeeded the cnut the great’s son, who’s half brother was Harthacnut who was attempting to restore the rule of the House of Wessex after the period in which Cnut conquered England in 1016 A.D.. When the death of Edward in 1066 A.D. Harold Godwinson succeed but was defeated and killed by William the Conqueror and the Normans in the same year.

Edward ruled for about 24 years, his nickname reflects upon the traditional imagery, Confessor was his reputation as a saint.

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Saint Edward was one of the national saints until Edward III adopted Saint George for the nation saint in 1350 A.D.

 

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