May 26, 946

Today, May 26, 946 CE, King Edmund I of England was murdered. According to the chronicler John of Worcester, a convicted outlaw named Leofa attacked an unnamed seneschal of Edmund’s during a celebration of St. Augustine’s Mass Day at Pucklechurch in Gloucestershire, England. Edmund was stabbed to death by Leofa when he came to the aid of the seneschal. Now, much later, a few scholars believe that the sketchy details of the unnamed seneschal and a conveniently placed ‘outlaw’ doesn’t ring true. They believe that Edmund was assassinated by political rivals. There was a second stabber and there was a coverup. So, even 1,300 years ago, the people in charge were spinning the truth to tell a story that benefited the ones in power. Different millennial, same old story.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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