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Bishop Edmund was one of the prominent counsellors to King Ecbert. As an ordained bishop in the Catholic Church, he served as a chief member of Ecbert's council, and as a dutiful advisor and relayer of God's word to him. 

Biography Edit

Season 2 Edit

Edmund is overweight and apparently accustomed to luxury and high-living, possibly due to his role as a bishop and lack of battle experience and exercise. Edmund also presided over the abortive execution of Athelstan before it was halted by King Ecbert. When Edmund and Lord Eadric criticized his king's decision to put Winchester's inhabitants and bishop Swithun in harms way during the Viking incursion, Ecbert counters by saying that as Christian, the Bishop of Winchester should have welcomed an opportunity for martyrdom. When Edmund affirms that notion, Ecbert pointedly informs the bishop that he is willing to grant Edmund that same opportunity by sending him and Lord Eadric to negotiate with King Horik and Earl Ragnar Lothbrok. After Eadric's death by hands of King Horik, Edmund fled with his soldiers. His inability to climb his horse, amidst the collective shock at the killing of Lord Eadric, caused great mirth to the Norsemen. 

Season 3 Edit

Edmund continued to serve loyally King Ecbert and his family (Prince Aethelwulf, Princess Judith and theirs sons : Alfred and Aethelred). 

Season 4 Edit

He assists with his Prince and his King at the death of Bishop Unwan and learn King Aelle's death. When Aethelwulf's army is defeated, he crowns him as new King of Wessex and Mercia. When Aethelwulf demands to evacuate the city, Edmund stays behind with Ecbert. He is finally killed by Hvitserk.

Trivia Edit

  • Edmund may have been the bishop of Cyninges Tun (Kingston upon Thames in Greater London), which was one of the alternate ruling seats of Wessex and the traditional site of coronation of West Saxon kings.
  • It was near mandatory in the medieval era for kings to have bishops as advisors, especially as kings were expected to rule by the word of God and the Bible. Bishops were thus prominent and trusted advisors, providing advice to kings in all areas of governance. The British House of Lords, itself a distant remnant of the feudal medieval age, had senior ecclesiastics (Archbishops of Canterbury and York) as members within it. 

Appearances Edit

Season two appearances
Brother's War Invasion Treachery Eye For an Eye Answers in Blood
Unforgiven Blood Eagle Boneless The Choice The Lord's Prayer
Season three appearances
Mercenary The Wanderer Warrior's Fate Scarred The Usurper
Born Again Paris To the Gates! Breaking Point The Dead
Season four appearances
A Good Treason Kill the Queen Mercy Yol Promised
What Might Have Been The Profit and the Loss Portage Death All 'Round The Last Ship
The Outsider The Vision Two Journeys In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning All His Angels
Crossings The Great Army Revenge On the Eve The Reckoning

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