Edgar Atheling

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History is but a series of stories, opinions, and biases that give the world today a glimpse through the window of the past. As it is such, that window is often smudged and smeared because of the many contradicting, differing facets that one moment in history can possess; henceforth figures and details become obscured and lost, thereby creating the many great and fascinating gaps in history that haunt the minds of today’s historians. This paper is an attempt to provide evidence to fill such a gap—the lost story of Edgar Atheling, great half-nephew of King Edward the Confessor of England; also to provide an answer to the puzzling question of why Edgar was never killed by King William I (William the Conqueror, also Duke of Normandy). The year 1066 is possibly one of the most infamous years ever to pass on history’s timeline. Filled to bursting with treachery, blood, battles, and intrigue, it is exactly the type of story that grips the human mind with insatiable curiosity—its view through the window is terribly marred with incongruous accounts. It is dominated by the seemingly merciless, cold-hearted figure of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, the apparently heroic, strong person of Harold Godwineson, the weakening, old frame of King Edward the Confessor, and the foreign hand of Norwegian Harald Hardrada. They are the men whose actions and decisions seem to be the overshadowing accounts written onto history’s slate, as they manipulated, bought, and fought their way to the English throne. The well-known version of the shadowy events in 1066 are largely based on biased, Norman accounts, since William the Conqueror was the eventually winner of those many battles, and the winner writes the history. Upon the death of Edward th... ... middle of paper ... ...: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry. New York, New York: Walker & Company, 2005. Print. “Edgar Atheling.” Essential Norman Conquest. Osprey Publishing, 2006. Web. Accessed: May 17, 2010. http://www.essentialnormanconquest.com/encyclopedia/atheling.htm Linklater, Eric. The Conquest of England. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company Inc., 1966. Print. Lloyd, Alan. The Making of the King: 1066. New York, New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1966. Print. Savage, Anne. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles. St. Martin’s, New York: Phoebe Phillips, 1983. Print. Schama, Simon. A History of Britain: At the Edge of the World?. New York, New York: Hyperion, 2000. Print. Wise, Terence. 1066: Year of Destiny. Long Acre, London: Osprey Publishing Limited, 1979. Print Wood, Michael. In Search of the Dark Ages. Oxford, England: Facts on File, 1987. Print.

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