Saint Edward the Confessor: The Iconography
This saint was the last Anglo-Saxon king of England. Portraits most often show him with no attributes other than a crown and perhaps a sceptre. But in some images he holds a ring between two fingers, as at right and in this 20th-century window.

The story goes that a poor pilgrim asked Edward for alms. Having nothing else, the king gave him a costly ring (image). Some time later another pilgrim brought the ring back to Edward with the message that the poor man had actually been St. John the Evangelist.

Prepared in 2014 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University, revised 2015-10-30.


Detail from the Wilton Diptych (See the description page)


  • Lived 1003-1066