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Saint Edward the Confessor

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Edward the Confessor, Saint (1002?–66), king of the English 1042–66. Brought up in Normandy, he was respected for his piety. During most of his reign the government was dominated by the powerful Earl Godwin. Edward alienated the country by attempting to exile Godwin and introduce Normans into the government. He had named William of Normandy as his heir, but on his deathbed chose Harold, Godwin's son, precipitating the Norman Conquest. His feast day is Oct. 13.

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