Edward the Confessor
Reign 1042-66 CE

Monetary System
Silver Pennies and Gold Thrymsas
40 Pence = 1 Thrymsa

Edward (St.) the Confessor was born in 1002 CE to AEthelred II the Unready, King of England and Emma of Normandy. He fled to Normandy with his family fled during Danish invasion. He led an unsuccessful attempt to capture English throne. He was called to England by his half brother Hardicanute. At the untimely death of Hardicanute, he was crowned as King of England. He married Earl Godwin's only daughter Edith (Eadgyth) in 1045 CE. Edward surrounded himself with Normans and was disliked by many Anglo Saxon Nobles. Edward constructed a new cathedral Westminster  Abby. The new church was consecrated at Christmas, 1065 CE. He was childless and named Harold as his successor, instead of the legitimate heir, his grandson, Edgar the Ætheling.

He died in 1066 CE and interred in Westminister Abby in London. After his death, was canonized in 1161 CE. Some say that he was a weak, but violent man and others seem to think that he was deeply religious man and a patient and peaceable ruler.

Penny of Edward the Confessor 1042-66 CE.
Obverse: profile of Edward.
Reverse: Cross in a circle.
Moneyer: Aelfgar


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