EDMUND (Saint) King, Martyr (November 20) (9th century) Born of royal blood (A.D. 849), he was made King of the East Angles in A.D. 855, under the suzerainty of the monarchs of Wessex. During his fifteen years of reign, his one aim was to secure the happiness of his people. In the Danish inroad of A.D. 870, one of the most devastating of that terrible age, after the defeat of his little army, he was taken prisoner and savagely done to death at Hoxne in Suffolk. He expired with the name of Jesus on his lips and has always been venerated as a Martyr. His shrine at Bury Saint Edmunds was one of the most frequented in England.