Murder of King Edward the Martyr at Corfe Castle

Robert Carpenter of Bath


This rare work, one of just three known by the artist, is the only English sculpture from this period in the Museum’s collection. In 978, King Edward’s jealous stepmother had him killed so that her own son could ascend to the throne. As the king approaches the walled gate on horseback and leans to drink, the assassin appears with a knife. The soft limewood (linden wood) allowed Carpenter to render the scene in great detail.