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Edmund, Saint
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[German Version]

(Eadmund; 840–869), king of East Anglia, was slain in 869 by the Vikings after refusing to share his kingdom with the pagan conqueror Inguar. Before he was beheaded, his body, like that of St. Sebastian, was riddled with arrows. He was already being revered as a martyr shortly after his death, and in the 10th century his remains were translated to Bury St. Edmunds, whose abbey then became a pilgrimage site. Feast day, Nov 20.


T. Arnold, Memorials of St. Edmund's Abbey, vol. I, 1890, 3–209

F. Hervey, ed., The History of King Edmund the Martyr an…

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Fichte, Jörg O., “Edmund, Saint”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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