[[Image:Edmundbeingmartyred.jpg|right|thumb|200px|The martyrdom of St Edmund - a medieval illumination]]
The holy and right-believing King '''Edmund the Martyr''' was a king and [[martyr]] of East Anglia in the ninth century. He succeeded to the throne of East Anglia in 855 as a fourteen year old. He died a martyr’s death battling the “Great Heathen Army”, a large army of Vikings that pillaged and conquered much of England in the late ninth century. He was venerated early and became popular among the Anglo-Norman nobility. His feast day is [[November 20]].
[[Image:St Edmund the Martyr.jpg|left|thumb|150px|St. Edmund the Martyr]]
Edmund’s body was interred at Beadoriceworth, the modern Bury St Edmunds. This place became a shrine of Edmund that greatly increased his fame. His popularity among the nobility of England grew and lasted. His banner became a symbol among the Anglo-Normans in their expeditions to Ireland and to Caerlaverock Castle. His crest was borne on a banner at the Battle of Agincourt. Churches and colleges throughout England have been named after St Edmund.
In recent years, moves were made in England to restore St Edmund as the patron [[saint]] of England. Edmund had been replaced by St George as the [[patron saint]] through King Edward III’s association of St George with the Order of the Garter. The attempt failed. However, St Edmund was named the patron saint of the County of Suffolk in 2006.