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Edward The Martyr 975-978

Edward was born in 963, and was just entering his teenage years when his father died. He made a claim to the throne, as the first son of the king and another claim was made by Aethelred, son of the third wife.

Edward was murdered when he rode to visit Aethelred at Corfe in Dorset. Aethelred's vassals pretended to welcome Edward, and in doing so, stabbed him. It is safe to assume that Aethelred would not have instigated this incident, being a mere seven years of age at the time.

Edward was later canonised by his brother, and was known as King Edward the Martyr.

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