Edward the Martyr (Old English: Eadweard; c. 962 – 18 March 978) was king of the English from 975 until he was murdered in 978. Edward was the eldest son of King Edgar, but not his father&amp;amp;#39;s acknowledged heir. On Edgar&amp;amp;#39;s death, the leadership of England was contested, with some supporting Edward&amp;amp;#39;s claim to be king and other supporting his much younger half-brother &amp;amp;#198;thelred the Unready. Edward was chosen as king and was crowned by his main clerical supporters, Archbishops Dunstan and Oswald of Worcester.
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