[[caption-width-right:300:Manuscript illumination, c. 1130]]
Whatever the truth, the notion that Edmund had died as a martyr of Christianity, and thus was to be looked on as a saint, arose soon after his demise. By the early 10th century his remains were moved from their first place of burial to a more stately shrine at Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, which became one of England's most popular places of pilgrimage. There is no proof that the "riddled with arrows" tale existed before the 980s, when ''The Martyrdom of St. Edmund'' was written.
Whatever the truth, the notion that Edmund had died as a martyr of
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