Archives: General Topics

Yule Celebrations in the Nordic lands

December 19, 2016 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in General Topics

Yule celebrations are Pagan in origin and came from the Germanic countries. The celebrations were alive and well in the Nordic lands, and were most likely brought over to Anglo-Saxon England with the Viking settlers. Eventually, the midwinter celebrations merged with the Christian festival of Christmastide, better known as the 12 Days of Christmas. I […]

Harold Marches to York, September 1066

September 16, 2016 by Mercedes Rochelle | 3 Comments | Filed in General Topics, The Sons of Godwine

While working on my latest novel, FATAL RIVALRY, I have had quite a struggle putting together a timeline for events leading up to Stamford Bridge. Many histories (even Wikipedia) tell us that as soon as Harold learned of the defeat at Fulford, he rushed north and surprised the Vikings who expected him to be at the other end […]

Cospatric and the suspicious Christmas murder of 1064

August 27, 2016 by Mercedes Rochelle | 4 Comments | Filed in General Topics, The Sons of Godwine

One of the reasons given for the Northumbrian rebellion against Tostig in 1065 was the mysterious murder of Cospatric (or Gospatric) at the Christmas court in 1064. The assassination has been pinned on Queen Editha, Tostig’s sister, and it has been said that she ordered this killing in her brother’s interest. I always thought this […]

Who was Wulfnoth Godwineson?

August 19, 2016 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in General Topics, The Sons of Godwine

In this 950th anniversary year of the Battle of Hastings, most of us have heard the story about Harold Godwineson (or Godwinson), last of the Anglo-Saxon kings and the arrow in his eye. But how many know about his younger brother Wulfnoth? Born about 20 years after his famous sibling, Wulfnoth was whisked away as […]

WHO PROMISED DUKE WILLIAM THE CROWN?

August 8, 2016 by Mercedes Rochelle | 1 Comment | Filed in General Topics, William the Conqueror

That is one of the most debated questions in Pre-Conquest history, with no answer in sight. Was William’s claim to the English throne the result of wishful thinking? Was he promised the crown directly by King Edward, or was the offer presented by a third party? Did Harold Godwineson even know about William’s designs on […]

The Fall of Edwin and Morcar, Ill-fated Earls

June 30, 2016 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in General Topics, William the Conqueror

I imagine the chaos at the end of October, 1066 must have unsettled more than a few Anglo-Saxons. But it’s apparent they weren’t ready to accept William as their king just because he won the Battle of Hastings. As soon as word spread of the terrible battle, men started gathering at London—so many men that […]

Edwin and Morcar in 1066

June 7, 2016 by Mercedes Rochelle | 2 Comments | Filed in General Topics

When Tostig was exiled from England in November, 1065, Earls Edwin and Morcar (or Eadwine and Morkere) must have felt pretty secure in their earldoms. Is it possible they were trying to re-establish a northern entity similar to the Danelaw? Professor Edward A. Freeman seemed to think so, and other historians make the same suggestion. […]

Rise of Edwin and Morcar, Ill-fated Earls

May 11, 2016 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in General Topics, The Sons of Godwine

If the mid-eleventh century is dominated by any theme, the rivalry between the great houses ranks close to the top. When Edward the Confessor became king, England was dominated by the Three Great Earls: Godwine of Wessex, Leofric of Mercia, and Siward of Northumbria. Edward made it his policy to leverage one (or two) against […]

Harald Hardrada plans to invade England

April 5, 2016 by Mercedes Rochelle | 2 Comments | Filed in General Topics

Harald Hardrada certainly wreaked havoc with Harold Godwineson’s efforts to protect his new kingdom. I assume King Harold knew there was a threat from the Norse, though historians seem pretty quiet on the subject. It all started back in Harthacnut’s day. In 1040, the soon-to-be King of England and Magnus I of Norway made a […]

New Release: THE SONS OF GODWINE

March 10, 2016 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in General Topics, The Sons of Godwine

Emerging from the long shadow cast by his formidable father, Harold Godwineson showed himself to be a worthy successor to the Earldom of Wessex. In the following twelve years, he became the King’s most trusted advisor, practically taking the reins of government into his own hands. And on Edward the Confessor’s death, Harold Godwineson mounted […]