king of England (975–8), known as ‘the Martyr’. On the sudden death of Edgar, 8 July 975, parties formed around his two sons, Edward, aged about 13, and Edward's half‐brother *Æthelred, probably only 7 or 8. Edward was eventually accepted as king. Later authorities speak of him as unstable and violent, but all was overshadowed by the manner of his death. On a visit to his young brother and stepmother at Corfe in Dorset on 18 March 978 (just possibly 979) he was stabbed to death in cold blood by his brother's retainers.
Subjects: British History.