If there is one date that nearly everyone in England knows, it is 1066 when the Normas invaded England. William the Conqueror became King when he invaded the country after Edward the Confessor died.
Edward was King of England but he wasn’t like most rulers of the time; he was a peace-loving man of God who put all of his energies into building churches. His most famous church was Westminster Abbey.
It was built on marshy land by the River Thames in London, and it was Edward’s chief delight to watch the building grow. When he died he was buried in his new church – as lots of kings and queens and famous people have been in the centuries which followed.
Lots of rulers have nick-names: Edward 1 was the Hammer of the Scots; Richard 1 was the Lion-Heart; all very warlike. But Edward was called the Confessor because of the way he lived his life witnessing to his belief in Christ.
So each year on 13th October we remember the King who was a saint.
Nicknames or not?
All of these are nicknames of real rulers from the past:
Charles the Bald; Eric Bloodaxe; Ivailo the Cabbage; Boleslaw the Curly; Pippin the Short; Niall of the Nine Hostages; Ragnar Hairy Britches; Louis the Stammerer and there was a Viking king of Dublin called Glun the Iron Knee – but I don’t think he was into recycling!
sourced from Coleman’s Hatch cronicle for October.