Reign of Edward the Confessor

08 Jun 2020  Mon

Edward the Confessor was among the last Anglo Saxon Kings of England reigning from 1042 to 1066. He is often portrayed as a listless, ineffectual monarch overshadowed by powerful nobles. Edward was the son of Ethelred the Unready and Emma of Normandy. He spent much of his early life living in exile in France, his family driven away by Danish rule.

Edward became emperor on 8th June 1042. He preserved much of the dignity of the crown and managed to keep the kingdom united during his reign of 24 years. He restored the rule of the House of Wessex after the period of Danish rule since Cnut (better known as Canute) conquered England in 1016. When Edward died in 1066, he was succeeded by Harold Godwinson.

The above shown Penny is issued under his reign from York mint. The obverse of a coin depicts crowned figure of the king seated facing on throne, scepter in the right hand, globus cruciger in left. The reverse shows voided short cross with an eagle in each angle

Image Source: Heritage Auctions

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