→Motive and Details of his Murder
Edward's accession to the throne was contested by a party headed by his stepmother, Queen Elfrida, who wished her son, Ethelred the Unready to become king instead. However, Edward's claim had more support—including that of St. [[Dunstan of Canterbury|Dunstan]], [[Archbishop of Canterbury]]—and was confirmed by the Witan.
King Edward "was a young man of great devotion and excellent conduct. He was completely Orthodox, good and of holy life. Moreover, he loved God and the Church above all things. He was generous to the poor, a haven to the good, a champion of the Faith of Christ, a vessel full of every virtuous grace."
On King Edward's accession to the throne a great famine was raging through the land and violent attacks were stirred up against [[monastery|monasteries]] by prominent noblemen who coveted the lands that his father King Edgar had endowed to them. Many of these monasteries were destroyed, and the [[monk]]s forced to flee. The king, however, stood firm together with [[Archbishop]] Dunstan in defense of the Church and the monasteries. For this, some of the nobles decided to remove him and replace him with his younger brother Ethelred.