Godwin, Earl of Wessex (died 1053): One of the great earls of England established by the Danish dynasty of Cnut. His relationship with King Edward the Confessor was troubled -- edward married his daughter, but Edward also exiled Godwin and his sons for a time. Godwin mounted an invasion to regain his territory, and was allowed back into favour, but died soon after. His several sons -- Swein, Harold, Tostig, Gyrth, and Leofwine -- all were given earldoms, but Swein and Tostig both got into trouble and had to be set aside. Harold became king after Edward, but he and Gyrth and Leofwine all died at Hastings in 1066.