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Origin of Earl Godwine

June 17, 2010 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Earl Godwine of Wessex

Earl Godwine is one of the delicious mysteries of the eleventh century.  Having risen to one of Saxon England’s most powerful positions, as well as father to both a queen and a king, it is a wonder that his origins are so confused. The most popular story is that he was a shepherd, or son of a […]

What happened to Earl Godwine’s family?

April 18, 2010 by Mercedes Rochelle | 5 Comments | Filed in Battle of Hastings, 1066, Earl Godwine of Wessex, The Sons of Godwine

Godwine, Earl of Wessex was one of the most powerful Saxons of his day.  At the height of his career, it looked like he was positioned to found a powerful dynasty.  He had six strapping sons: Swegn, Harold, Tostig, Gyrth, Leofwine, and Wulfnoth, and his daughter Edith was married to the King of England.  It is […]