King Edgar the Peaceable was buried at Glastonbury in 975.
But weirdly that isn’t the end of his story.
William of Malmesbury tells us that nearly a century later, in 1053, the Abbot Ailward re-opened the King’s tomb. Malmsbury doesn’t tell us WHY the monk opened the grave, so I suppose we can just assume Ailward was going through a goth phase.
What we are told is that when the Abbot opened the tomb he found Edgar laying in it perfectly preserved as if he was merely sleeping.
Faced with an apparent miracle, or what we would today recognize as an obvious vampire, Ailward decided to press his luck even farther… and he cut into the flesh of the long dead King.
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