Sunday, November 13, 2011

Saint Margaret, Queen of Scotland

After Carlo Dolci 1616 - 1686
Print made by Domenico Marchetti 1780 - 1844
St Margaret, Queen of Scotland
1810 -1844
494 mm x 350 mm
The British Museum, London

Print made by Alexander Runciman 1736 - 1785
Marriage of King Malcolm and St Margaret
Print engraving
227mm x 188 mm
The British Museum, London

Genealogical roll of the kings of England
England, S.; 1st quarter of the 14th century, before 1308
Detail from the roll: six roundels of Edmund II Ironside and his descendants: Edward Ætheling, Edgar, Saint Margaret, Edmund, and Christine.
The British Library, London

(Edmund Ironside or Edmund II (c. 988/993 – 30 November 1016) was king of England from 23 April to 30 November 1016. According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, it was given to him "because of his valour" in resisting the Danish invasion led by Cnut the Great.)

This week is the Feast Day of Saint Margaret (c. 1045 – 16 November 1093), also known as Margaret of Wessex and Queen Margaret of Scotland, was an English princess of the House of Wessex.

She was canonised in 1250 by Pope Innocent IV in recognition of her personal holiness, fidelity to the Church, work for religious reform, and charity.

There is a beautiful illustrated history of her life at this site

The images are part of a frieze ("the Lonsdale Frieze") created by the Victorian artist, H. W. Lonsdale, and commissioned by the 3rd Marquess of Bute