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Edward the Confessor (c. 1003 – 5 January 1066), son of Æthelred the Unready and Emma of Normandy, was one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings of the English and is usually regarded as the last of the House of Wessex, ruling from 1042 to 1066 (technically the last being Edgar the Ætheling who was proclaimed king briefly in late 1066, but was deposed after about eight weeks.)
His reign marked the continuing disintegration of royal power in England and the advancement in power of the earls. It foreshadowed the country’s domination by the Normans, whose duke William of Normandy was to defeat Edward’s successor, Harold II, and seize the crown.

Edward had succeeded Cnut’s son Harthacnut, restoring the rule of the House of Wessex after the period of Danish rule since Cnut had conquered England in 1016. When Edward died in 1066 he had no son to take over the throne so a conflict arose as three men claimed the throne of England.

Edward was canonized in 1161 by Pope Alexander III, and is commemorated on 13 October by the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of England and other Anglican Churches. He is regarded as the patron saint of kings, difficult marriages, and separated spouses.
From the reign of Henry II of England to 1348 he was considered to be the patron saint of England, when he was replaced in this role by Saint George, and he has remained the patron saint of the Royal Family.

Faber-Castell Watercolour-Pencils “Albrecht Dürer”
24×32 cm watercolour paper (260g/m²)


  • TriciaDanby
    TriciaDanbyover 5 years ago

    So beautiful :)

  • Thank you, dear.
    I love it.

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • Finbarr Reilly
    Finbarr Reillyover 5 years ago

    Nice work :))

  • Thanks very much :)

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 5 years ago

    Brilliant painting sweetheART lovely ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Awww, thanks, dear!
    So glad you like.

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 5 years ago

    While Edward was in France he saw Jumiege, which we visited in 1984, and it is said he liked it so much he had the design of Westminster abbey based on it.

  • Oh, great! So interesting. Thanks for the info – I’ll have a look at Jumiège :)

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    lovely done

  • Thanks so much, Antanas

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 5 years ago

    Lovely work Marueen. I love the Saints!

  • Me, too. And I am glad and honoured that you like him!
    Your paintings are marvellous.

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 5 years ago

    I love the heart you have for religious works and I’m guessing you’re Catholic? Thank you for your generous kindness to allow me to paint from you Pieta photo. My heart races in joy when I see such beauty as you have been able to capture and I love the Lord’s face in that sculpture, so beautiful!

  • I am left speechless here. :)
    Yes, I was baptized Roman Catholic and I am more than happy that you enjoy my (religious) art.

    – Rowan Lewgalon

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 5 years ago

    It’s a joy to share the same faith Maureen. I wasn’t raised with any faith at all but five years ago experienced a powerful conversion to the Catholic faith. I’ve never looked back since. I was Baptised and confirmed by the most beautiful Priest and it changed my life forever. The love I have for our faith is more than I can put into words, that’s why I paint that love instead :o)

    Thank you for sharing my friend and again, thank you for your kindness.

  • I am so happy to hear that you found where your heart and soul belong. :)
    May you always be blessed and happy on your way.

    – Rowan Lewgalon

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