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Edward the Confessor (English Monarchs) Paperback – June 28, 2011
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Edward the Confessor seems like an "old school" ruler in that he realizes the limitations of his rule and doesn't really wish to expand but to maintain and govern his finite lands and estates in England. He is a strong king in this respect, Although he seems deeply religious he is not a saint as he is sometimes portrayed, he rules with a firm hand and one could easily imagine him stepping on some toes (or maybe chopping them as well.) He carries the "mystique" aura about him because he supposedly never had any children(or none that could be positively proved to be his offspring.) In this book I visualize him as an old Viking style converted Christian king but no so religious as to seem impractical.
The book devotes a lot of space to his wife Edith who is a close relative of the Godwin's and to Edwards balancing act to keep the Godwin family from taking over and Edward relegated to ruling only in name. Edward does seem a strong king however although his view of "kingship" is rather limited, that is administering to the best of his ability the spaces he is in charge of.Read more ›
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A so so book about a rather lousy Saxon - Danish King of England .Published 3 months ago by David Miller
The author does a good job overall in painting a picture of who Edward the Confessor was in real life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Toddthehistorian