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St EDWARD-THE-MARTYR

Son of Edward the Peaceful and king, but with a wicked stepmother, Queen Elfrida who favored his stepbrother, her son.

Paying a social call at Corfe Castle, Edward never got inside. He was greeted with a drink before he could dismount, and stabbed in the back.

He managed to ride off as he was falling, and with a foot caught in a stirrup he was dragged off until a brook stopped his horse. Pursuing castle minions found his battered body and threw it down a well.

With the king mysteriously missing, Elfrida's son Ethelred was crowned. But lo and behold — what was this? A strange and holy light shining from a well.

When enough curiosity and courage had been summoned Edward's body was found and retrieved, then taken to a nearby church and Warnham.

Being of great significance it was interred at Shaftesbury Abbey. Now miracles abounded. A healing well, a healing tomb, holy miracles in the vicinity... You name it, Edward could do it.

Ethelred the Unready did not last long.

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Article last updated on 10 May 2009
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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ABOUT St EDWARD-THE-MARTYR : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : EDWARD-THE-MARTYR
Location : Worldwide Christianity
Gender : Male
Type : Saint or Sage
Celebration or Feast Day : March 18th
Birth and Death Dates : 962-979
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 123

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