|EDMUND OF EAST ANGLIA!|
|NO, NOT EDMOND OF NARNIA...|
Edmund, King and Martyr, 855-869 or 870.There was a campaign several years back to replace the cosmopolitan, nay global, George with one of the two homegrown boys he had displaced on his way to adding Patron of England to his rather lengthy resume. Whether or not he suffered the same perforated end as the apparently sexier-to-many-people Sebastian, his symbol is often given as this:
|Emblem of King Edmund, stained glass, St Peter and St Paul's Church, Hoxne, Suffolk. Artist: Derek Anson|
It is the three crowns in particular that interest me. Is it one crown for each county? The Oxford website linked above notes that three crowns are associated with him, just as they are with Jesus Christ and King Arthur. One could have wished for a fuller comment.
|Montague Rhodes James, 1862-1936|
For a helpful instance of synchronicity, see this Clerk of Oxford.