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Edward the Martyr
Born c.963 
Reigned 975 - 978 
Died 978 

A Shameful Incident

ollowing the death of Edgar, there followed a incident that shamed the monarchy. Edward followed his father to the throne. He was the eldest son. A dispute developed between himself and the supporters of Aethelred, who was his younger half brother. On a visit to him at Corfe castle, he was brutally murdered by a thegn of the queen mother's household. He would have been about 15 years old at the time. He was eventually known as Edward the Martyr. A chronicler at the time wrote. " A worse deed was never done among the English". 

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