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The Godwins : the rise and fall of a noble dynasty /
Frank Barlow.
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Harlow, England ; New York : Longman, 2002.
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xiv, 141 p., [12] p. of plates ; 25 cm.
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0582423813
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Harlow, England ; New York : Longman, 2002.
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0582423813
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4650780
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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This is the history of the powerful Godwin dynasty, from the mystery of their ancestral origins and background, to their rise to power under King Cnut, and their opportunism and accumulation of wealth under his successors. It was a period of violent upheaval in English history, with Viking attacks and the conquest of England by Danish kings. Writing with clarity and panache, Frank Barlow places the Godwins at the centre of this unstable world, charting the family's fortunes through to Harold - the last Anglo-Saxon kings - his accession and downfall, at the hand of William the Conquerer and the Norman Conquest.
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The Godwins is the fascinating story of the meteoric rise and fall of the powerful Godwin dynasty, one of the grandest and most powerful families of Anglo-Saxon England, whose most famous son was King Harold. Set against the backdrop of Viking raids and ultimately the Norman Conquest of 1066, Frank Barlow unravels the the gripping history of a feuding family that nevertheless determined the course and fortunes of all the English.The family of Earl Godwin of Wessex stands among the most famous in English history. Owing their rise to Godwin's outstandingly successful career during the reign of the Danish King Cnut (1016-35), they became even more prominent in the time of Edward the Confessor (1042-66). Godwin's daughter, Edith, became King Edward's wife, his son Harold inherited his father's earldom of Wessex, his son Tostig acquired Northumbria and other sons also became earls. Over the century they accumulated great wealth and established enormous influence.However, Edith and Edward could not have children and ultimately this destabilised the monarchy, exposing the problem of the royal succession after Edward's death. Harold took the throne soon after but was defeated and killed at the Battle of Hastings in 1066; Queen Edith lived in England until her death in 1075, and other survivors of Godwin's family faded into obscurity. Frank Barlow places the Godwins at the centre of this unstable world, charting the family through to Harold the last Anglo-Saxon king and finally the crowning of William the Conqueror during the Norman Conquest. [This violent upheaval in English history virtually destroyed the existing Anglo-Danish nobility, together with powerful standing of the Godwin dynasty in England.]Frank Barlow is the author of many books including the bestselling 'The Feudal Kingdom of England'. He is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Exeter and Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Oxford; CBE, FBA, FRSL.
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This is the history of the powerful Godwin dynasty, from the mystery of their ancestral origins and background, to their rise to power under King Cnut, and their opportunism and accumulation of wealth under his successors.
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This is the history of the powerful Godwin dynasty, from the mystery of their ancestral origins and background, to their rise to power under King Cnut, and their opportunism and accumulation of wealth under his successors. It was a period of  violent upheaval in English history, with Viking attacks and the conquest of England by Danish kings. Writing with clarity and panache, Frank Barlow places the Godwins at the centre of this unstable world, charting the family's fortunes through to Harold - the last Anglo-Saxon kings - his accession and downfall, at the hand of William the Conquerer and the Norman Conquest.
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The Godwins is the fascinating story of the meteoric rise and fall of the powerful Godwin dynasty, one of the grandest and most powerful families of Anglo-Saxon England, whose most famous son was King Harold. Set against the backdrop of Viking raids and ultimately the Norman Conquest of 1066, Frank Barlow unravels the the gripping history of a feuding family that nevertheless determined the course and fortunes of all the English. The family of Earl Godwin of Wessex stands among the most famous in English history. Owing their rise to Godwin s outstandingly successful career during the reign of the Danish King Cnut (1016-35), they became even more prominent in the time of Edward the Confessor (1042-66). Godwin s daughter, Edith, became King Edward s wife, his son Harold inherited his father s earldom of Wessex, his son Tostig acquired Northumbria and other sons also became earls. Over the century they accumulated great wealth and established enormous influence. However, Edith and Edward could not have children and ultimately this destabilised the monarchy, exposing the problem of the royal succession after Edward s death. Harold took the throne soon after but was defeated and killed at the Battle of Hastings in 1066; Queen Edith lived in England until her death in 1075, and other survivors of Godwin s family faded into obscurity. Frank Barlow places the Godwins at the centre of this unstable world, charting the family through to Harold the last Anglo-Saxon king and finally the crowning of William the Conqueror during the Norman Conquest. [This violent upheaval in English history virtually destroyed the existing Anglo-Danish nobility, together with powerful standing of the Godwin dynasty in England.] Frank Barlow is the author of many books including the bestselling The Feudal Kingdom of England . He is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Exeter and Honorary Fellow of St John s College, Oxford; CBE, FBA, FRSL.
Table of Contents
General Editor's Preface
Author's Preface
List of Genealogies
List of Plates
Abbreviations
Introductions
Sources
The Family's origins and Godwin's Early Years
Godwin Under the Danish Kings, 1016-1042
Godwin in Power, 1042-1051
Godwin's Children, 1053-1062
The Lull Before the Storms, 1062-1065
Harold's Triumph, 1065-1066
The Collapse of the Dynasty, 1066
The Diaspora, 1066-1098
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index
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