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5th January 1066

Political Comment.

Our Political Editor

Review of 1065.

Last year was dominated by King Edward, known as

‘The Confessor’.

Edward, born at Islip in 1004, was the son of Ethelred II and Emma of Normandy and until shortly before his accession, lived in Normandy.

He succeeded to the throne on June 8th 1042, aged 39 and reigned for 23 years, 6 months and 28 days.

Married to Edith, Daughter of Earl Godwine of Wessex the union was not blessed with children.

Edward became known as the Confessor for his religious fervour and his good works and his reign was one of goodness and purity.




He will be forever remembered for the building of the Royal Palace of Westminster and for the consecration of Westminster Abbey.

During his reign, power was held by Earl Godwine and later by his son Harold, both Earls of Wessex.

I hope that I am not speaking out of turn but I have grave doubts about the future of our beloved England.

Will the King’s childlessness ultimately lead to conflict?

Will we have the strength and power to resist invasion from William, from Hardrada or from both?

I aim to keep a close eye on political events this year for my review of 1066 in twelve months time.

Be strong and live long.

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