The story of the relics of St Edward began at the moment of his death
(martyrdom). Immediately following the murder, the body of the murdered king
slipped from the saddle of his horse and was dragged with one foot in the
stirrup until it fell into a stream at the base of the hill upon which Corfe
The stream was found thereafter to have healing properties - particularly for
the blind. The queen then ordered that body be hurridly hidden in a hut nearby.
Within the hut however, there lived a woman blind from birth whom the queen
supported out of charity. During the night, a wonderful light appeared and
filled the whole hut and struck with awe, the woman cried out: "Lord, have
mercy!" and suddenly received her sight.
At this she discovered the dead body of the king. The church of St. Edward at
Corfe Castle now stands on the site of this miracle.
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