"and S. Terence and S. Edward" (U12.1696)

S. Edward the Confessor (1003 - 1066) was born in Oxford (England), the son of King Ethelred II and Queen Emma. When his father was unseated by Danish invasion, Edward and his brother Alfred were sent to Denmark to be quietly killed. The officer in charge took pity on the boys and sent them to Sweden, then on to the King of Hungary to be raised and educated. Grown up, the brothers moved to Normandy and waited for a chance to reclaim the crown of England. They tried in 1035, but they were turned back and Alfred was killed. Edward successfully tried again in 1042, and was chosen by acclamation, ascending the throne on April 3. He gained a reputation as a just and worthy king. He repulsed invasions, helped restore the King of Scotland to his throne, remitted unjust taxes, and was noted for his generosity to the poor and strangers, and for his piety and love of God. He built churches, including Westminster Abbey. Represented as a king with a ring or a coin, sometimes offering it to a beggar. Feast October 13 (January 5 in England).