Godwine Kingmaker

Godwine Kingmaker

Part One of The Last Great Saxon Earls

The life of Earl Godwine presents us with one of the enduring enigmas of English history; was he greedy and grasping, or protector of English rights against the hated Normans?


CATEGORIZED IN

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Mercedes Rochelle
Mercedes Rochelle Born in St. Louis MO with a degree from University of Missouri, Mercedes Rochelle learned about living history as a re-enactor and has been ...
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY
Grendel’s Mother by Susan Signe Morrison

Grendel’s Mother

Susan Signe Morrison

Grendel's Mother from Beowulf – a queen, whose birth is shrouded in mystery – threatens the fragile political stability of a windswept land.

Angel's Lamp, The by Ashby Jones

Angel's Lamp, The

Ashby Jones

What reservations about love are justified? Tale of rebellion, loyalty and love set in war-torn Ireland just after the Easter Rising 1916.

Lost Eagle by Steven Ingman-Greer

Lost Eagle

Steven Ingman-Greer

Inspired by The True Story of "From Russia with Love" - a secret buried for 90 years in the forgotten corner of an English churchyard...

Black Tom: Terror on the Hudson by Ron Semple

Black Tom: Terror on the Hudson

Ron Semple

Sabotage and Shenanigans

Hidden Crown, The by David Haworth

Hidden Crown, The

David Haworth

In an alternate twelfth century, a young Norse solider saves the Saxon child-queen from assassination and is plunged into a struggle for the throne.

Terrible Unrest, A by Philip Duke

Terrible Unrest, A

Philip Duke

A young immigrant family must confront the horrors of the Colorado Coalfield War to live the American Dream.

Mercenary by R.J. Connor

Mercenary

R.J. Connor

Richard Longsword is a Mercenary, but this time it’s not for money, this time it’s for revenge.

Escape from Smyrna by Charles Gates

Escape from Smyrna

Charles Gates

Three families bound together by an ancient necklace that incites violence yet has powers of healing and redemption.

Queen of Sparta, The by T.S. Chaudhry

Queen of Sparta, The

T.S. Chaudhry

Though history has relegated her role to that of a bystander, what if Gorgo, Queen of Sparta, had played a central role in the Greek resistance to the Persian invasion?

Destiny Between Two Worlds, A by Jacques L Fuqua, Jr

Destiny Between Two Worlds, A

Jacques L Fuqua, Jr

That fateful October 1944 morning offered no inkling that the lives of thousands of Okinawans would be profoundly changed—forever.