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Name: Edward the Confessor|
It is probably fair to regard Edward as one of the better-known Anglo-Saxon kings, as his death set in motion the succession and military events of 1066, which form much of the English national myth. Historically he was a son of Aethelred the Unready and Emma of Normandy, and thereby a stepson of Cnut and half-brother of Harthacnut, whom Edward succeeded. It was during his reign that Westminster Abbey was first commissioned (although the present structure is later) and Edward himself was later considered a saint and even canonised.