Edward the Martyr

962 - 978

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Edward, often referred to by his epithet Edward the Martyr (Old English: Eadweard, pronounced [ˈæːɑdwæɑrˠd]; c. 962 – 18 March 978) was King of the English from 975 until he was murdered in 978. Edward was the eldest son of King Edgar the Peaceful but was not his father's acknowledged heir. On Edgar's death, the leadership of England was contested, with some supporting Edward's claim to be king and others supporting his younger half-brother Æthelred the Unready, recognised as a legitimate son of Edgar. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward the Martyr has received more than 1,678,174 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Edward the Martyr is the 1,822nd most popular politician (down from 1,736th in 2019), the 446th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 409th in 2019) and the 77th most popular British Politician.

Edward the Martyr was the son of King Edmund Ironside and grandson of King Æthelred the Unready. He was murdered in 978 by his half-brother, Eadwig, who then became king.

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Among politicians, Edward the Martyr ranks 1,822 out of 15,710Before him are Henry II of Castile, Edgar the Peaceful, Ferdinand I of Naples, Charles VIII of Sweden, Richard von Weizsäcker, and Qa'a. After him are Li Keqiang, Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, Maria Anna of Savoy, Frederick the Fair, Wang Zhaojun, and Prince Maximilian of Baden.

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Among people born in 962, Edward the Martyr ranks 1 Among people deceased in 978, Edward the Martyr ranks 1After him are Rogvolod, Li Yu, and Frederick I, Duke of Upper Lorraine.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Edward the Martyr ranks 446 out of 6,924Before him are Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861), Sid Vicious (1957), Oliver Sacks (1933), William Adams (1564), David Beckham (1975), and Gary Moore (1952). After him are Charlie Watts (1941), Henry Every (1659), Robert Brown (1773), Stirling Moss (1929), Anthony Burgess (1917), and Deborah Kerr (1921).

Among POLITICIANS In United Kingdom

Among politicians born in United Kingdom, Edward the Martyr ranks 77Before him are James I of Scotland (1394), Tony Blair (1953), James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell (1534), Robert II of Scotland (1316), James IV of Scotland (1473), and Edgar the Peaceful (943). After him are Æthelflæd (869), Edward the Confessor (1003), William Ewart Gladstone (1809), Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester (1532), Harthacnut (1018), and James Callaghan (1912).