Edward the Aethling
- Patrick, down in South Carolina, asked me about a book about Edward the
Exile. I have found it. I think I posted information about it to the wrong
list. If I have made it public here, forgive me. I'm old!
The book Patrick referenced, I think, is: The Lost King of England, The East
European Adventures of Edward the Exile. Written by Gabriel Ronay, it was
published by The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, Englanfd, 1989.
Edward the Aethling was the last de jure king of Anglo-Saxon England. He
was the nephew of King St. Edward the Confessor.
According to Ronay, he was brought up by his mother's sister, who was married
to Yaoslav the Wise, the Great Prince of Kiev. Adam of Bremen, the
archbishop of Hamburg,is adduced as proof. In his Gesta Hammaburgensis
Ecclesiae Pontificarum (see the above book, p. 53), Adam of Bremen says:
"Edmund, a warlike man, was removed by means of poison from the way of the
victor (Canute), and his sonswere condemned to banishment in Russia."
So, the last of the Saxon kings had an Orthodox upbringing, in an Orthodox
country, at an Orthodox royal court. He married a daughter of Andrew the
Catholic, king of the Magyars, and produced an heir: St. Margaret of
Scotland who, though she is a Western Saint, had probably never heard of the
papal schism in 1054. Moreover, her saintly qualities are legendary, and
King Malcolm, III, the last man standing in Shakespeare's MacBeth, loved
trust this is the answer Patrick was seeking.