Archives: Earl Godwine of Wessex

Review of GODWINE KINGMAKER by Stephanie Hopkins

May 8, 2015 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, Earl Godwine of Wessex, General Topics

I’d like to first say that this period in English history is probably without a doubt my favorite. I am quite the critic when it comes to reading historical fiction during this extraordinary time…when I saw this book tour available for this book, I knew that I had to read this story. I wanted to […]

Review of “The House of Godwine” by Emma Mason

October 20, 2014 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, Earl Godwine of Wessex, General Topics, The Sons of Godwine

The House of Godwine: The History of a Dynasty by Emma Mason My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read this book some months ago, and today, as I was looking up a detail for more clarification, I realized that this volume was full of paper slips marking important passages. Then I realized I never […]

What is Trial by Compurgation?

July 13, 2014 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Earl Godwine of Wessex, General Topics

While researching my manuscript, GODWINE KINGMAKER, I bumped into a comment dropped by E.A. Freeman.  He was talking about King Harthacnut’s accusation that Godwine was responsible for the murder of Alfred Aetheling. Speaking of the trial, Freeman mentioned “compurgation…was looked on as the most effectual proof of innocence.” I glanced over this passage then stopped short and had to […]

Gytha, wife of Godwine

March 9, 2014 by Mercedes Rochelle | 1 Comment | Filed in Earl Godwine of Wessex, General Topics

Overshadowed by their husbands or subject to their father’s ambitions, noble medieval women had to be pretty plucky to carve out a niche in the history books.  Still, Gytha Thorkelsdóttir was related to so many famous (and mostly tragic) figures that it is amazing we know so little about her. Raised in Denmark, she was the […]

Return of Earl Godwine, 1052

March 8, 2012 by Mercedes Rochelle | 4 Comments | Filed in Earl Godwine of Wessex

Earl Godwine may have had a humiliating experience finding himself exiled in the fall of 1051, but by many accounts his absence made the Saxons appreciate him like never before.  King Edward the Confessor, ever more at home in Normandy than England, surrounded himself with Nobles and Prelates from his adopted land who proceeded to […]

Exile of Earl Godwine, 1051

January 22, 2012 by Mercedes Rochelle | 6 Comments | Filed in Earl Godwine of Wessex

By the middle of the eleventh century, Earl Godwine might have seemed pretty much at the height of his power.  His daughter was married to King Edward, Godwine himself held the most important Earldom in England and his second son Harold was Earl of East Anglia.  He had more strapping sons awaiting their turn for the […]

Swegn Godwineson, Evil or Tragic?

November 17, 2011 by Mercedes Rochelle | 12 Comments | Filed in Earl Godwine of Wessex, The Sons of Godwine

Swegn was the eldest son of a prolific family.  His father, Godwine of Wessex, worked his way up from relative obscurity to the most powerful Earl in the country. Swegn’s future could have been assured if only he had behaved himself and not acted like a rogue and an outlaw. He was the only one […]

Death of Alfred Aetheling

April 8, 2011 by Mercedes Rochelle | 3 Comments | Filed in Earl Godwine of Wessex, General Topics

When Queen Emma (widow of Aethelred the Unready) married Canute around 1017, they agreed that the sons from their own marriage would take precedence over any previous children.  Things didn’t entirely work out that way, but for the duration of Canute’s reign, her first two sons, Edward and Alfred, remained exiles in her native Normandy. The second […]

Bosham, home of the Godwine clan

October 28, 2010 by Mercedes Rochelle | 3 Comments | Filed in Earl Godwine of Wessex

In an earlier post, I conjectured that Earl Godwine may have used Bosham as one of his main residences.  It makes sense, since it is one of the only places in England actually drawn in the Bayeux Tapestry; Harold departed from Bosham before his fateful visit to Normandy. A visit to Bosham reveals a very pretty coastal […]

Where did Earl Godwine Live?

August 24, 2010 by Mercedes Rochelle | 2 Comments | Filed in Earl Godwine of Wessex

These great pre-Conquest Earls, who owned hundreds of estates all over England, must have favored a house or two.  I keep wondering whether a farmer’s field, or a parking lot might be the very site of a lord’s favorite retreat in the country (in the city it would have been better defined).  They had to […]