Come on England, your saint needs you!
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@TheSaintEdmund - RT @AnnaScrafield: Happy St Edmund's Day! #EdmundForEngland
@TheSaintEdmund - RT @ben4ipswich: Today is St Edmund's Day - the true patron saint of England.

Welcome to the St Edmund for England campaign!

The campaign that seeks to unite the English in a bid to restore the first and true patron saint of England to his rightful place.

Let’s be honest, St George is great, but he hasn’t really taken off has he? And that might just be because he is a latecomer to the title....

  • St Edmund was made England’s patron saint in 869 only to be usurped by St George some 481 years later in 1350.
  • St Edmund was King of East Anglia; it is doubtful St George ever even visited England.
  • St Edmund is famous for holding off invading Vikings. George? Well he’s famous for killing... a dragon. Come on England, there’s no such thing as a dragon and never was!
  • St George has spread himself a bit thin. He is patron saint of 17 countries around the world and 25 cities. St Edmund only wants England.

Let’s celebrate St Edmund on 20th November with an extra bank holiday on the Monday closest to this date. Come on England, your saint needs you!

The St Edmund for England campaign is being driven by

Greene King

With

Radio Suffolk Suffolk County Council Bury St Edmunds Town Council St Edmundsbury Borough Council St Edmunds Cathedral Bulstrodes Grapevine Bury Society

Who was St Edmund?

 
 

St Edmund was the first patron saint of England who was later replaced by St George.

St Edmund, also known as Edmund the Martyr, was the king of East Anglia in the ninth century (c. 855) and was killed by pagan Danish invaders on 20 November 869.

There are many legends surrounding St Edmund and how he met his end against the invading Vikings. Legend has it that on being captured, Edmund refused to renounce his Christian faith and was taken to the village of Hoxne in Suffolk. Here, it is believed that he was tied to a tree and hundreds of arrows were shot at him, was beheaded and his head thrown into the woods. The folklore continues that his head was later found, while being guarded by a wolf who was calling ‘here, here’ to those searching. It is also said that when St Edmund’s head was placed in his coffin it miraculously reattached itself to his body with only a red line around his neck as evidence of any injury.

Edmund was buried where he died, at Hoxne, but later his remains were moved to a monastery in Beadoriceworth, now known as Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk.

Edmund was recognised as a martyr saint shortly after his death and his patron feast day is still celebrated on 20th November each year.

St Edmund was the patron saint of England during the Middle Ages until King Edward III replaced him by associating St George with the Order of the Garter.