Book 2, Chapter 8, Edwy the Fair from 955 AD to 975 – Edwy the Fair
Edwy was but a youth of fifteen when he succeeded his uncle Edred. By some historians his name is written Edwin, but the weight of authority favours Edwy. His personal appearance was such that he was commonly styled Edwy the Fair. This custom of giving characteristic names was common among the Anglo-Saxons, who did not use surnames or family names until about the time of Edward the Confessor. As several persons who lived near to each other sometimes had the same proper name, it became necessary in conversation and writing, in order to distinguish the person of whom they spoke and wrote, to add some word to his name descriptive of his person, disposition, &c., as, the Lang, the Black, the White, the Good, the Peaceable, the Unready, &c.
Chapter 8, Edwy the Fair
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Chapter 8, Archbishop Dunstan and the Clergy
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