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Saint Edward the Confessor

I’m finally able to work on the book again and happy to share a few tidbits on saints in our line through Lady Elizabeth Brooke.

They come to us through Henry I’s wife, Queen Matilda of Scotland. (I may have mentioned this connection before.)

Henry I married Edith (later “Matilda”) Aetheling, a Scottish princess on November 11, 1100 in Westminster Abbey.  She was the daughter of King Malcolm III of Scotland and Saint Margaret of Scotland, a.k.a. Queen Margaret of Scotland, Margaret of Wessex.

Sister M. Juliana of Maryknoll, author of the book “Margaret” (Neuman Press) states that Saint Margaret “… had eight children and she brought in priests for her people, had churches built, and started schools and hospitals she brought up nine orphans with her own children and somehow she found time every morning to serve breakfast to twenty-four very poor people!”

Wikipedia states “Margaret attended to charitable works, and personally served orphans and the poor every day before she ate. She rose at midnight to attend church services every night. She was known for her work for religious reform. She was considered to be an exemplar of the ‘just ruler’, and also influenced her husband and children to be just and holy rulers.”

Years later another ancestor embraced a “family” saint.

In the 1230s Henry III attached himself to the Cult of Edward the Confessor; in 1245 he began rebuilding Westminster Abbey for his patron saint. Why? According to the book Four Gothic Kings – “The Plantagenets could claim descent from Edward’s family (through Henry I’s queen, Matilda, the niece of Edgar Aetheling); and Henry seems to have conceived a deep personal attachment to the only saint the family could call their own.”

To learn about Edward I, a.k.a. Edward the Confessor, please see my post on William the Bastard.

Who knows, there may be more saints in the branches of our tree. We shall see.

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