The Godwins: The Rise and Fall of a Noble Dynasty

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Routledge, Aug 16, 2013 - History - 216 pages

The family of Earl Godwin of Wessex stands among the most famous in English history, whose most famous son was King Harold.

Frank Barlow charts the family through to Harold – the last Anglo-Saxon king – and finally the crowning of William the Conqueror during the Norman Conquest. Set against the backdrop of Viking raids and ultimately the Norman Conquest of 1066, Frank Barlow unravels the gripping history of a feuding family that nevertheless determined the course and fortunes of all the English.

 

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This is a good, fairly short account of the rise and fall of the Godwins as a family throughout the course of the 11th century. It identifies a likely ancestry for Godwin, seven generations descended ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Sources
9
chapter one The familys origins and Godwins Early Years
23
chapter two Godwin Under the Danish Kings 10161042
37
chapter three Godwin in Power 10421051
47
chapter four Godwins Children 10531062
71
chapter five The Lull Before the Storms 10621065
93
chapter six Harolds Triumph 10651066
115
chapter seven The Collapse of the Dynasty 1066
134
chapter eight The Diaspora 10661098
156
Epilogue
174
Bibliography
180
Index
190
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