MercedesRochelle, author

   Historical fiction about 11th century Britain


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Heir to a Prophecy


Godwine Kingmaker







The Three Weird Sisters
met Macbeth and Banquo on the heath and pronounced
their fatal prophecies that lead to the death of King Duncan.
Afterward, seeing foes where he once saw friends, Macbeth
called his henchmen and ordered the murder of Banquo and
his son Fleance.

The assassins failed in their mission, and the boy escaped
their clutches. But what happened to Fleance and who
were the
kings the weird sisters referred to?

As the Elizabethans apparently knew, Banquo was the
ancestor of the Royal Stewart line, so no further explanation
was necessary. However, Fleance’s flight was only the
beginning of a series of events that take you through the
battle of Dunsinane, William the Conqueror’s Normandy,
the Battle of Hastings, and ultimately to  Malcolm III’s
Scotland, where Fleance’s descendant Walter became
the first  Steward of Scotland.
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Harold Godwineson, the Last Anglo-Saxon
King, owed everything to his father. Who was this Godwine,

first Earl of Wessex and known as the Kingmaker? Was he
an unscrupulous schemer, using King and Witan to gain
power? Or was he the greatest of all Saxon Earls, protector
of the English against the hated Normans? The answer
depends on who you ask.

He was befriended by the Danes, raised up by Canute the
Great, given an Earldom and a wife from the highest Danish
ranks. He sired nine children, among them four Earls, a
Queen and a future King. Along with his power came a
struggle to keep his enemies at bay, and Godwine's best
efforts were brought down by the misdeeds of his eldest son
Swegn. Although he became father-in-law to a reluctant
Edward the Confessor, his fortunes dwindled as the
Normans gained prominence at court.

Driven into exile, Godwine regathered his forces and came
back even stronger, only to discover that his second son
Harold was destined to surpass him in renown and glory.

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       Sat. Sept. 6, 2015
       Budd Lake, NJ

  Village Renaissance Faire
    Sept. 19-20
    Wrightstown, PA

  Collingswood Book Fest.
     Sat., October 3
     Collingswood, NJ

     Here I am at the Southampton Renaissance

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Gaithersburg Book Fair