Anonymous: The Life of King Edward who rests at Westminster

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  • Steve Flanders (Queen's University Belfast)

The Life of King Edward is an eleventh-century historiographical work written in elaborate rhyming Latin prose interspersed with long passages in verse. Although the title suggests that it was intended as a biography of England's penultimate Anglo-Saxon king, its underlying objective lay in promoting the interests of the Godwin family in the period immediately after the death of King Edward the Confessor in January 1066. The Life was commissioned by Edward's queen, Edith, the daughter of Earl Godwin. It is divided into two parts. The first, a history, comprises separate episodes connected by verse. It depicts two families – those of Cnut and Godwin – destined to be united in greatness through the union of Edward …

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Flanders, Steve. "The Life of King Edward who rests at Westminster". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 July 2006
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]