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The house of Godwine : the history of a dynasty
Mason, Emma.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Hambledon and London, 2004.
Physical Description:
xiii, 281 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Central Library DA154.85 .M37 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Harold Godwineson was king of England from January 1066 until his death at Hastings in October of that year. For much of the reign of Edward the Confessor, who was married to Harold's sister Eadgyth, the Godwine family, led by Earl Godwine, had dominated English politics. In The Rise and Fall of the House of Godwine , Emma Mason tells the turbulent story of a remarkable family which, until Harold's unexpected defeat, looked far more likely than the dukes of Normandy to provide the long-term rulers of England. But for the Norman Conquest, an Anglo-Saxon England ruled by the Godwine dynasty would have developed very differently from that dominated by the Normans.

Author Notes

Emma Mason is Emeritus Reader in Medieval History in the University of London.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prologuep. xi
1 The Kingdom of Englandp. 1
2 Threats from Abroadp. 15
3 Earl Godwinep. 31
4 Struggle at Courtp. 49
5 Triumphp. 69
6 Harold Godwinesonp. 83
7 William of Normandyp. 107
8 Before Hastingsp. 123
9 Hastingsp. 155
10 Survivorsp. 177
Notesp. 203
Further Readingp. 257
Indexp. 261

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