Research Paper On Edward The Confessor

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Westminster Abbey is a door into England’s past. Literally. It is home to England’s oldest door which was constructed during 1050 A.D. Every inch of Westminster Abbey is covered in legends, history, detail, and miraculous stories. For instance, located in the Abbey is a statue of St. Wilgefortis, a woman who wanted to escape an abusive relationship. She prayed to make herself grow undesirable to her husband and miraculously grew a beard. Even the coronation chair, which every monarch has sat upon since 1308, is covered in secret graffiti. (Ellis). But by far the most famous part of Westminster are the people buried there such as Edward the Confessor, Margaret Beaufort, and Chaucer. The amount of detail that goes into each and every…show more content…
Edward the Confessor was the last of the Anglo-Saxon kings and an important figure in the fight for the English throne between William the Conqueror and Harold Godwinson. His death in 1066 sparked the battle of Hastings, one of the most important battles in history. Edward reigned for twenty-four years alongside a trusted friend Godwin earl of Wessex. (“Edward”). Edward even married Godwin’s daughter Edith but never produced any heirs due to his devotion to the church and his promise to remain celibate. Godwin and Edward had a falling out causing the king to recall his marriage to Edith and exile Godwin. Godwin later died and his son Harold developed a friendship with the king. Harold and Edward remained close, and it was even rumored that while on Edward’s deathbed he made Harold king of England. (“Invasion of England”). After his death his popularity grew and stories of him performing miracles and issuing prophecies swirled around England. “In 1102 the tomb was opened and it was found that his corpse had not decayed” (Cavendish). On February 7, 1161, Pope Alexander III canonized King Edward as a saint and he became the patron saint of England. He remained the patron saint for years until Saint George replaced him. His tomb is the most visited place in Westminster Abbey and people pay him homage by leaving flowers even…show more content…
“. . . Henry VII owed his throne [to her]. From this it is clear that she was one of the most influential women in our history” (Rowse A.L.). She helped found Christs College at Cambridge and Chairs of Divinity at Oxford. She was also a patron to William Caxton the first printer. She was known as the king’s right hand woman because when her son Henry took the throne, she was there to guide him. (Margaret, Beaufort Countess) . "Every one that knew her loved her, and everything that she said or did became her". These were words said by Bishop Fisher at her funeral. (Rowse). Today her tomb is still just as large as the other men and resting in the lady chapel. She was the most overlooked wife of a king in British

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