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"'[for] those who like their early Middle Ages replete with murder and mayhem... Frank Barlow has an epic tale to tell' "History Today
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.
Introduction Sources 1. The Family's Origins and Godwin's Early Years 2. Godwin under the Danish Kings, 1016-1042 3. Godwin in Power, 1042-1051 4. Godwin's Children 5. The Lull before the Storms, 1062-1065 6. Harold's Triumph, 1065-1066 7. The Collapse of the Dynasty, 1066 8. The Diaspora, 1066-1098 Epilogue Bibliography Index
Paperback edition of this hugely successful title about one of the grandest and most powerful families of Anglo-Saxon 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.