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The Extraordinary Tale of…

Edgar Ætheling, a reluctant teenage boy thrust into the top job after the Battle of Hastings


The tale of a Saxon teen, used as a pawn in the post-1066 power vacuum – England’s treacherous game of thrones

England was in disarray after the dramatic Battle of Hastings. The Norman invaders, led by William the Conqueror, were ploughing their way through the country, using brute force to establish their power. The Anglo-Saxon King, Harold Godwinson, had been slain on the battlefield. In a last-ditch attempt to maintain English power, a teenager named Edgar Ætheling was elected as king.

SAINTLY LADY Edgar’s sister Margaret later became Saint Margaret of Scotland, canonised in 1250
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"From raiders to invades: Medievalist Dr Ryan Lavelle tells the story of how the Vikings dropped their hit-and-run tactics and instead banded together to form a Great Heathen Army, eventually conquering a large part of Britain. Also in the issue, find out how a Lancastrian widow came to marry a Yorkist king during the Wars of the Roses, and what happened when a German monk dared to take on the Pope with a 500-anniversary feature on Martin Luther's Reformation. Plus, inside Hitler's last gamble at the Battle of the Bulge, the spy who tried to kill Lenin and the Atomic Age in pictures."