Feast-day: 8 July
When did St. Edgar the Peaceful live: in the tenth century
Biography of St. Edgar:
St. Edgar was born as prince to King Edmund I. Later on in 957, he become king of the Mercians and Northumbria. Just 2 years later, he became king of the West Saxons, basically of all England. Although his liking for military actions, his reign was a peaceful period for the whole population. In fact, he showed great tolerance of local customs. He especially supported his friends Saint Dunstan and Oswald of York in founding abbeys. Furthermore he ordered penalties for those who did not want to pay tithes. He died in 944 in Wessex.
Patronage: Patron saint of kings and widowers
Statues and woodcarvings from Val Gardena of St. Edgar - portrayal, symbolism and emblem: St. Edgar is shown as a king with his royal insignia: the orb, the scepter and the crown.