Edward the Confessor

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1970 - Anglo-Saxons - 375 pages
Frank Barlow's magisterial biography, first published in 1970 and now reissued with new material, rescues Edward the Confessor from contemporary myth and subsequent bogus scholarship. Disentangling verifiable fact from saintly legend, he vividly re-creates the final years of the Anglo-Danish monarchy and examines England before the Norman Conquest with deep insight and great historical understanding."Deploying all the resources of formidable scholarship, [Barlow] has recovered the real Edward." -- "Spectator"
 

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An extremely well researched book, the standard work on this Anglo-Saxon king, surely definitive until and unless a major new primary source is unearthed. But it is very readable and not dry for the ... Read full review

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A fantastic read: I literally couldn't put it down. This book is surprisingly accessible for what would normally seem a dry subject. Once again the late Frank Barlow manages to strike a balance between historically informative and yet interesting to both a student of Anglo-Saxon England and the general reader. This book is a hidden gem amongst the dull, tedious and generally difficult peices of work on Edward the Confessor that I have read in my lifetime.
Needless to say, this huge chunk of paper and ink also helped me enormously in my studies. For those of you who are interested in the work of Barlow, may I recommend 'The Feudal Kingdom of England: 1042-1216'. Trust me, you won't regret it.
 

Contents

Edwards Background
3
Edward Etheling 28
49
The Anointed King
54
The Years of Struggle 10438
73
The Victorious King 104951
96
The Revolution Undone 10523
118
The Royal Estate
135
The Kings Government
158
The Rule of Solomon 105464
188
The End of the Reign
240
The Eternal Kingdom
256
Epilogue
286
B Hostages taken from Earl Godwins family
301
G The descendants of Eustace of Boulogne and Godgifu
307
E The date of the first translation
325
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Frank Barlow is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature.

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