Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

27/5/2011

Royal Burials at Westminster Abbey.

St Edward the Confessor built a new Abbey Church at Westminster, refounding the monastery there. Thus he created his own burial place, a symbol of his kingship and grandeur to bear comparison with anything contemporary monarchs could show. The Abbey was ready for Edward’s burial in January 1066. It was not until Henry III rebuilt Edward’s church in a more magnificent style 200 years later that another English monarch chose the Abbey as his burial place. Even then Henry decreed that his heart should be buried at Fontevrault Abbey in France where his predecessors had tombs. for more click here

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