, Saint. Hedda d. 870 (circa) Roman Catholic Saint. He served as the Benedictine abbot of Peterborough, England. About AD 870, an invading force of Danes swept through coastal England. The community of Benedictines at Peterborough, said to have numbered 84, was wiped out by the raiders. Hedda was declared martyr and canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. In the late Middle Ages the grave of Hedda and his companions was covered with the so called "Hedda stone." Holes were cut in it to place candles for saying Mass...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, Mendip District, Somerset, England
Arthur, King Briton King. Reigning in the mideval times, he was considered to be part of the inspiration of the legend of "King Arthur" as first put down by Sir Thomas Mallory's work "Le Morte d'Artur". The tomb was discovered by monks in 1191 during the reign of Henry II. The bones were moved into a tomb where they stayed until 1278, when they were placed in a more elaborate tomb near the altar of the church in the presence of Edward I and Queen Eleanor. The bones and the famous lead cross disappeared in...[Read More] Glastonbury Abbey*, Glastonbury, Mendip District, Somerset, England *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.
Edgar the Peaceful b. 943 d. July 8, 975 English Monarch. Born sometime between 942 and 944, he was the son of Eadmund I and Alfgiva, the younger brother of Eadwig (also called Edwy) "the Fair" who would precede him to the throne. His mother died within his first year and his father was stabbed to death three years later. He was then raised in the household of Ethhelstan, called Half-King. Eadgar's uncle, Edred, ruled until his death in 955, followed by his...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, Mendip District, Somerset, England
Edmund II 'Ironside' d. November 30, 1016 English Monarch. Son of Æthelred II 'The Unready' and his first wife, Elfgifu. He married Ealdgyth around August 1015. In April 1016, Edmund led the defense of the city of London against the invading Canute, and was proclaimed king by the city inhabitants. He was crowned King of England that same month at St. Paul's Cathedral. Unfortunately, the Witan meeting in council chose Canute as King, possibly fearing the rule of the son of the inept Æthelred. After a series of inconclusive battles for...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, Mendip District, Somerset, England