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


Origin of Anglo Saxon Surnames

Conflicting Testimony Concerning Edwy

Incident on His Coronation Day

Treatment of Elgiva

Edgar the Pacific

Chapter 8, Origin of Monasteries in England

Introduction of Celibacy

Their Rules and Practice

The Benedictines

Chapter 8, Dunstan

Sketch of Dunstan

His Alleged Visions and Miracles

Becomes Abbot, Bishop and Archbishop

Chapter 8, Archbishop Dunstan and the Clergy

His Character and Policy

Aided by Bishops Oswald and Ethelwald

The Secular Clergy Supplanted by the Monks

King Edgar’s Private Life

The Worth of the Eulogies Pronounced on Him by the Monks

The Canons of Edgar

His Position Among the Anglo-Saxon Kings

Policy Towards the Danes of Northumbria


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