The life and times of Edward the Confessor

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Monday, 8 July 2024
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

St Margaret's United Reform Church
Victoria Avenue
N3 1BD

Born in around 1001, Edward the Confessor – England’s penultimate Anglo-Saxon king – also had French heritage: William the Conqueror was a cousin. In this talk, historian Eleanor Levy will explore Edward’s reign, his pious and hesitant personality and how the turbulence of his youth and middle years affected him, and also Edward’s magnificent legacy of Westminster Abbey, which remains at the heart of English national life a thousand years later.

Eleanor holds a degree in modern and medieval history from UCL, and for two decades she taught courses on the history of London and the English monarchy to students at Regent’s College, London. Now retired, she currently runs a history group at Hampstead Garden Suburb U3A.

Image: Scene from the Bayeux Tapestry showing Edward the Confessor enthroned
Source: Bayeux Tapestry Museum/Wikimedia Commons