Edward the Atheling

(d. 1057) prince

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(d. 1057),

known as ‘the Exile’. Mystery surrounds the return of Edward the Atheling to England in 1057. The son of King Edmund Ironside (d. 1016), he was forced into exile as an infant by Cnut's conquest of England. He was well treated in Hungary, and married a royal princess, Agatha. Negotiations were set on foot for his return by an embassy sent out in 1054, but he died soon after his arrival. One version of the Anglo‐Saxon Chronicle has the laconic and sinister entry, ‘we do not know for what reason it was brought about that he was not allowed to look on (the face?) of his kinsman, King Edward’.

Subjects: British History.

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