Historian of Brookwood Cemetery
Saint Edward the Martyr: The Life, Recorded Miracles and Supplicatory Canon
by The Saint Edward Brotherhood
Published by The Saint Edward Brotherhood, 2023
Price £7.50 (paperback)
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Saint Edward the Martyr is a recently published account of the life, death and rediscovery of this saint of Anglo-
St Edward’s father was King Edgar (“the Peaceable”), one of the greatest Anglo-
The booklet is divided into five main sections. The first comprises a new translation of the earliest surviving life of St Edward. This is the Passio Sancti Eadwardi, attributed to the eleventh century hagiographer, Goscelin of Saint-
The second section contains a series of historical notes which address the monastic reforms of King Edgar; a discussion of the motives behind St Edward’s murder in March 979; the succession question; the dating of the martyrdom of St Edward; the translation of his relics to Shaftesbury Abbey in June 1001; a contemporary poem, probably written by an unknown eye-
The fourth section contains a revised edition of The Recorded Miracles of Saint Edward the Martyr. This was first published by the St Edward Brotherhood in September 1984 to coincide with the enshrinement of the relics. Although the dispute over the ownership had not been resolved at this time, permission was granted by the Court to allow their temporary enshrinement at Brookwood. The Recorded Miracles of Saint Edward the Martyr was reprinted in 1995. This version included a brief appendix outlining the dispute over the relics since, in the spring of 1995, the Court issued an Order dismissing the case. Hence the reprint. These booklets were written by John Wilson-
The final section contains a supplicatory canon to St Edward, newly composed by the Fathers at the Brotherhood. This part is primarily aimed at members of the Orthodox Church for use by the faithful at times of need or thanksgiving.
Although issued mainly “for the edification of Orthodox Christians”, there is much of interest to believers and non-
The book is illustrated with five black and white images, and two in full colour (three if you include the cover). It is attractively presented and printed by Knaphill Print. The most fascinating images are those taken at the time the relics were discovered at Shaftesbury in 1931.
Saint Edward the Martyr: The Life, Recorded Miracles and Supplicatory Canon. Published by The Saint Edward Brotherhood, 2023; 90 pages, ISBN 9780947935061; paperback; £7.50. Copies can be ordered via this link https://shop.saintedwardbrotherhood.org/collections/books
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