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The Lost King of England: The East European Adventures of Edward the Exile… (original 1989; edition 2007)

by Gabriel Ronay

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Title:The Lost King of England: The East European Adventures of Edward the Exile (Warfare in History)
Authors:Gabriel Ronay
Info:Boydell Press (2007), Paperback, 222 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:Wessex, Biography, England, Hungary, Russia

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The Lost King of England: The East European Adventures of Edward the Exile (Warfare in History) by Gabriel Ronay (1989)

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This fascinating and colourful book describes the life of Edward the Exile who, together with his brother Edmund, the baby sons of King Edmund Ironside, were spirited out of England after their father's defeat at the hands of Canute in 1016 and his death shortly afterwards in suspicious circumstances. Canute wanted to have the boys killed but without appearing to be directly responsible so sent them to Sweden to be dispatched. However, the Swedish king took pity on the young lads and protected them. Some years later they began their peregrinations in Eastern Europe. This first took them to the court of the Kievan Prince Yaroslav the Wise, who was related to their mother, where they became acquainted with another pair of exiled princely brothers, from Hungary. At the end of their 20s, they followed their new found friends and helped to put one of them, Andrew, on the Hungarian throne. Much of this story was not known to the Anglo Norman chroniclers, who knew only of the boys' dispatch to Sweden and their moving to Hungary; the further details of their exploits in Russia and Hungary have become generally known only much later through Russian and Hungarian chronicles. The author makes a good case to support his narrative, and the book is immensely readable. Sadly, Edward's journey ended in 1057 when he was recalled by the childless King Edward the Confessor to become his heir to the throne of England, but died very shortly after his arrival; the author makes a fairly convincing case that it may have been Harold Godwinson who bumped him off, rather than William of Normandy as is often assumed. After the main narrative ends, the author covers the somewhat similar peregrinations of Edward the Exile's son Edgar the Atheling following his initial submission to William at the end of 1066, and the life of the Exile's elder daughter St Margaret of Scotland, wife of King Malcolm III Canmore. A really fascinating look at a little known corner of history. ( )
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Astrologers, soothsayers, necromancers and the host of less orthodox diviners of the future in the kingdom of Wessex could offer nothing but doom-laden prophecies to those who consulted them about their prospects in the new year of 1013.
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When Edward Ironside was murdered in 1016, Canute the Dane seized the crown of Wessex. The following year, conscious of the threat posed to his rule by Edmund's small sons, Edmund and Edward AEtheling, he banished them to Sweden, with a `letter of death'. The Swedish king, however, spared their lives, and the Continental wanderings of the Anglo-Saxon princes began; their uncertain fate greatly exercised the minds of contemporary English chroniclers. Forty years later the ageing, childless Edward the Confessor learned that his nephew Edward was living in Hungary; he invited him to return home, casting him in a crucial role in the struggle to avert a Norman takeover, but forty-eight hours after his triumphant homecoming he was dead, and the events that were to lead to the Norman conquest of 1066 were set in motion. Drawing on sources from as far afield as Iceland and Kievan Russia, this account of the extraordinary years of the princes' exile is a story stranger than fiction, unravelled by Gabriel Ronay with all the excitement of a modern-day crime study.

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