People/Characters: Morcar, Earl of Northumbria

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Harold: The Last Anglo-Saxon King by Ian W. Walker
Hereward (Biography, Letters & Diaries) by Victor Head
The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England by Marc Morris

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Morcar (Morkere): Born probably in the 1040s, died c. 1090. One of the sons of Aelfric earl of Mercia, who was the son of the great Earl Leofric and his wife Godgifu (Godiva). The earldom of Mercia was given to Morcar's brother Edwin when Aelfric died, but when Tostig Earl of Northumbria was exiled by King Edward the Confessor, Morcar was granted the Northumbrian earldom. As Earl, he fought and lost the battle of Fulford against Harald Hardrada's invaders in 1066. He did not fight at the Battle of Hastings later that year. He submitted to William the Conqueror, but then rebelled. He is one of those said to have fought with Hereward the Wake at Ely around 1071. Deprived of his earldom, he apparently spent the rest of his life in Norman custody.

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