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at Berkshire Royal Seat
- Because of his kindness and good
works, everyone thought King Edward the Confessor was a saint. He
lived in Saxon
times and his favourite home was his palace
at Old Windsor.
- One day, he was greeted there by
great crowds of people. They wanted to touch the holy man.
- Through the crowd came a poor
man in rags. He explained to the King that he was a woodcutter who had
been mysteriously struck blind.
- He had been travelling all over
the South of England. He stopped at all the churches. They were
dedicated to lots of different saints and had many holy
relics. He had prayed to each saint, but
no-one seemed able to help him.
- The woodcutter said that dead
saints were no good. King Edward was a living saint. Surely he could
cure his blindness.
- King Edward disagreed, but he
still placed his hands on the blind man’s head and blessed him as he
- Immediately, the woodcutter’s
sight returned. All the people cheered. It was a miracle!