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People/Characters: Godwin, Earl of Wessex

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1066 by David Howarth
I Am the Chosen King by Helen Hollick
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle by James Ingram
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle by G. N. Garmonsway
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle by Anonymous
Anglo-Saxon England by Frank M. Stenton
A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons by Geoffrey Hindley
Cnut: Emperor of the North by M. J. Trow
Cnut: The Danes in England in the Early Eleventh Century by M. K. Lawson
The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick
Great Tales from English History Omnibus by Robert Lacey
Harold: The Last Anglo-Saxon King by Ian W. Walker
Medieval Outlaws: Ten Tales in Modern English by Thomas H. Ohlgren
The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England by Marc Morris
Sweet's Anglo-Saxon Reader in Prose and Verse by Henry Sweet

Character description

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.

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