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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

29 October 1050 A.D. Elsige Dies—32nd of 105 Archbishops of Canterbury

29 October 1050 A.D.  Elsige Dies—32nd of 105 Archbishops of Canterbury

Bevans,  G. M. “Edsige (Died 1050).”  N.d. Accessed 7 May 2014.

Bevans,  Portraits of the Archbishops of Canterbury. Toronto, ONT:  University of Toronto Libraries, 2011. Available here:

(Died 1050)

Archbishop of Canterbury
Died: 29th October 1050

Chaplain to King Canute and priest of St. Martin's, outside Canterbury, Edsige was promoted to the Archbishopric in 1038.

He crowned King Hartha Canute and officiated at the Coronation of Edward the Confessor, which took place at Winchester in 1043. However, his state of health compelled him to appoint Siward, Abbot of Abingdon, as his vicar, apparently with full control of the archiepiscopal see. Siward scarcely allowed the Archbishop the necessities of life, but died within a month of Edsige in 1050 - it is said of remorse for his conduct.

Edited from G.M. Bevan's "Portraits of the Archbishops of Canterbury" (1908).

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