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musings on the church calendar from one who seldom doubts The penultimate Saxon king before the invasion of England by the Norman known as William the Conqueror in 1066 was the one who is called Edward the Confessor. Edward was born in Islip, Oxfordshire, about the year 1003, to King Ethelred II (known as Ethelred the Unready because of the poor quality of his advisors) and Emma who was the daughter of Duke Richard I of Normandy. The addition of the words “the Confessor” to describe his identity is said not only because of his very active, pious and humble participation in mass and other religious ceremonies, but also to indicate that he was not a martyr. At the age of ten Edward was s