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Today in History: Edward the Confessor becomes King of England

Posted by Gilbert Stack on June 8, 2018 at 5:40 AM

On this day (June Eight) in 1042, Edward the Confessor became King of England. He took an unusual route to the throne. The son of Aethelred the Unready who lost England to Cnut, Edward was brought back to take the crown after Cnut’s sons died. He had no power base in England and was unable to take real power from the Earl Godwin and his sons. Godwin had been responsible for the murder of Edward’s brother and he never forgave the man. There is a theory that his “Confessor” nickname developed in part from his unwillingness to have sexual relations with his wife, who was the daughter of Godwin (thus preventing Godwin from having a grandson become King of England).

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