Category Archives: Edward the Confessor

Things removed from Edward the Confessors tomb

Over the centuries a number of things have been removed from Edward the Confessors tomb.  These include: 1098 – An attempt was made to pull out a  strand of hair. 1163 – His robes were removed and remade into three … Continue reading

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Exhumations of Edward the Confessor

Over the centuries Edward the Confessor was exhumed a number of times.  These are the ones I’ve found: 1098 or 1102 – Henry I opened the coffin to see if his body was ‘incorrupt’.  They say that he was fresh with … Continue reading

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Was Edward the Confessor an albino?

If Edward was an albino you can imagine that it would have a great impact on him and his personality.  Most certainly, he would be treated differently. How was albinism perceived back then, I wonder?  I don’t know.  I would … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Character of Edward the Confessor

There is so little known about Edward the Confessor as a person.  Most of what we know about him is not actually him but the time he lived in.  This, I feel, has made many people “infer” his character and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the appearance of Edward the Confessor

There are, of course, no pictures or sculptures that portray Edward accurately.  Those that were done were stylized portraits that seldom have resemblance to the man it portrays, such as this picture from the Bayeaux Tapestry: We do have some … Continue reading

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Why is Saint George the patron saint of England?

It seems that the patron saint of England was never written in stone, but something that evolved over time and is a result of historical circumstance.   Not only has the patron saints changed but there have been disputes, even today, … Continue reading

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The coat of arms of Edward the confessor

The coat of arms used by Edward the Confessor was never actually used by him as heraldry did not exist at that time. It was created several centuries later. The first use of it that I’m aware of is by Richard … Continue reading

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