The Lost King of England: The East European Adventures of Edward the Exile

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Boydell & Brewer, 2000 - Всего страниц: 224
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 Ætheling, 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. GABRIEL RONAY wrote for The Times for many years. He was born in Transylvania, and studied at the universities of Budapest and Edinburgh. He came to Britain after the crushing of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
 

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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 ... Читать весь отзыв

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Edmund Ironsides
10
a turncoats tale
19
Canutes choice of murder by proxy
26
Twentynine false leads and a cold trail
43
the flight eastward along the
50
Nordic ethos and
61
AngloSaxon counters in a Continental battle for dominance
68
the aethelings leave the Nordic orbit to
78
the
115
the
125
the Emperors doublecross foils Arch
132
Edwards son groomed for the throne but the kings
143
A kingdom for a bag of silver
161
Edgars progression from
167
Appendices
183
Notes to text
191

in search of the aethelings footsteps at
91
the fiery love of a Hungarian princess and its
102
the riddle of
109

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