Separated Spouses / Edward the Confessor, 1003–1066, Feast Day: October 13
Called “the Confessor” because he was a witness to his faith, Edward came out of exile to become the last Anglo-Saxon king of England. During his reign, his country enjoyed twenty years of peace. Edward and his wife, Edith, had no children since they were said to be celibate. Edward was generous to the poor, distributing rings as gifts. He had the power to heal, and he built Westminster Abbey in lieu of going on a much-desired pilgrimage to Rome.
Other patronages: England; kings; difficult marriages