Edgar and Elfrida soon fell in love. Later sources would accuse Edgar of murdering his rival — in one version running him through with a javelin while hunting. A more plausible account suggests that he died of a sickness with his wife at his deathbed. What is certain is that Elfrida was widowed in and that two years later she took a new, higher-status husband. Edgar was the younger son of King Edmund I and would have been around the same age as Elfrida.
Edgar took a wife at around the time of his accession, with his eldest son, Edward, born in the early s.
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This first wife either died soon after or was divorced, since Edgar was quickly married to a noblewoman named Wulfrida or Wulfthryth. She bore him a daughter, but was soon repudiated and sent to the nunnery at Wilton where she remained as abbess for the rest of her life. Some accounts claim Elfrida was crowned shortly after her marriage, with the couple making efforts to assert the legitimacy of their union.
Elfrida was also given an unprecedented political role by her husband. Elfrida came from a family with strong monastic associations, and she later founded two nunneries herself, as well as dedicating her daughter from her first marriage as a nun at Romsey Abbey. This gave Elfrida power over all the nunneries in England, while Edgar took a similar role in relation to the houses for monks. Edgar also had imperial ambitions and, in , resolved to be crowned for a second time in the ancient Roman town of Bath.
Shortly afterwards, the couple moved to Chester, where Edgar met with eight client kings of Britain, including the king of Scots, who ceremonially rowed him down the River Dee to emphasise their subject status.
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Edgar was still a young man at the time of his second coronation, and would have expected to live for many years. His elder son, Edward, who enjoyed the support of Archbishop Dunstan, was around 14 or Recognising the wealth and political importance of the newly refounded religious houses, he focussed his attacks on them, aware that, by doing so he also attacked Dunstan and the other leading churchmen who supported Edward.
At this time, a comet was reportedly seen in the sky, which was taken to bode ill for the country, while bad weather caused the crops to fail, leading to famine. Dunstan hailed his survival as a miracle, but this positive spin did little to mask the extent of the disaster. It may have been with a view to coming to terms with his stepmother that, on the evening of 18 March , Edward arrived to visit her at Corfe with only a small escort.
They surrounded his horse and, as the young king reached for a cup with which to drink, one man pulled his right arm towards him, as if he wished to offer the king a kiss of welcome.
Another then seized his left arm roughly, stabbing him. It was an inglorious end. Accounts contemporary to Elfrida or her son tend, instead, to blame the pair for failing to properly investigate the killing and giving Edward an ignominious burial at Wareham, rather than specifying that the queen was involved in its planning. She certainly played no role in actually carrying out the deed, but may have ordered the murder. The period of St.
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Dunstan continued to enjoy royal patronage under Edmund's successor, Eadred and, as one of his closest advisors, he helped to conciliate the Danes. As a statesman, Dunstan's zeal for moral reform and his promotion of monastic interests were resented by some of the West Saxon nobles, and they were only too glad when he was exiled by King Eadwig, although the king's motive was hardly political: the 16 year-old monarch had slipped away from his coronation banquet and was severely chastised by Abbot Dunstan--no respecter of persons--when he found him sequestered in a room with two women, mother and daughter, both making overtures with an eye to marriage.
Resentful of such a reproof, Eadwig deprived Dunstan of his property and forced him out of the country, casting uncertainty over the future of England's monastic revival.
Dunstan found refuge in a monastery in Ghent, where he scarcely had time to observe the reformed type of continental monasticism before he was recalled to England by Eadwig's half-brother Edgar "the Peaceable", , who had been elected ruler by the Mercians and Northumbrians. It was Edgar's ambition to restore all the great monasteries of England, and the partnership of these two ardent reformers shifted the monastic revival into high gear.
Dunstan became successively Bishop of Worcester and London, and, in , after Eadwig's death, Archbishop of Canterbury.
Monarch and hierarch were assisted in their' campaign by two very able and saintly men: Ethelwold and Oswald of York. It was Ethelwold who was primarily responsible for drawing up the Regularis Concordia c. The English reformers were not innovators; the rule followed closely that of St. In summer the day was extended by an hour at each end. There were, however, some unique features in the English rule: prayers were offered daily for the king, and an attempt was made to integrate monasteries into the life of the people.
It was Dunstan's aim that the monastic reform should encourage personal piety among the laity as well, and he attached great importance to the monastic schools. As Edgar's advisor, Dunstan persuaded him to defer his coronation until he reached the age of thirty. Dunstan himself composed the rite, shifting the emphasis from the crowing to the anointing, which gave it a sacred character and suggested strong parallels to the consecration of a priest, forging a mystical link with the ancient Hebrews and cementing the relationship between Church and Crown.
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It is said that Dunstan attended to all the details of the service, down to making the crown, its four equal sides representing the City of God. The form of the rite is still used in the coronation of England's kings. After Edgar's untimely death, Dunstan continued as advisor to his teen-age son Edward. Edward was viciously murdered and Dunstan withdrew from the affairs of state to concentrate on his pastoral duties there at Canterbury and his personal service to God.
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Even as he grew old, it was his delight to teach the boys of the cathedral school. He was, it seems, a gentle master. Dunstanpreached a sermon in which he foretold that within the next three days he would die. He indicated the place he wished to be buried and, on the second day, May 19, after having communed of the Holy Mysteries, his soul departed to the Lord. His last words, according to tradition, were those of the Psalmist: The merciful and gracious Lord hath made a remembrance of His marvelous works; He hath given food to them that fear Him.
In the Chronicle, the entry for says simply "In this year Dunstan figured so prominently, gives the impression "of a religion of the sprat rather than of the letter, of a church not noted for its rigid enforcement of ecclesiastical discipline and. Saint Dunstan Orthodox Church Toggle navigation. Saint Dunstan. The form of the rite is still used in the coronation of England's kings After Edgar's untimely death, Dunstan continued as advisor to his teen-age son Edward.