The Sons of Godwine: Part Two of The Last Great Saxon Earls
This is England in the days of Edward the Confessor, when Godwine and his sons tower over the other great families. Harold emerges as the power behind the throne. Tostig rules the north. They control all the earldoms except one. What could go wrong? We see tumultuous events of the mid-11th c. through the eyes of Godwine's sons. Alas, Harold’s rise in fortune is not blameless and sometimes those closest to him must pay the price of his fame.
They Showed so much Promise. What could have gone wrong?
Emerging from the long shadow cast by his formidable father, Harold Godwineson showed himself to be a worthy successor to the Earldom of Wessex. In the following twelve years, he became the King's most trusted advisor, practically taking the reins of government into his own hands. And on Edward the Confessor's death, Harold Godwineson mounted the throne—the first king of England not of royal blood. Yet Harold was only a man, and his rise in fortune was not blameless. Like any person aspiring to power, he made choices he wasn't particularly proud of. Unfortunately, those closest to him sometimes paid the price of his fame.
Books by Mercedes Rochelle
Godwine Kingmaker weaves a tale through three cultures, Saxon, Dane and Norman and through the lives of as many English Kings, including the inscrutable Dane Canute and the reluctant Edward the Confessor. Godwine walked a fine line between the demands of his peers and the destiny of his family, only to realize he had championed the wrong son.
Macbeth's witches had a purpose: to put the Stewarts on the throne of Scotland. The three Weird Sisters tell Banquo, "Thou Shalt 'Get Kings Though Thou Be None", and though Banquo is murdered, his son Fleance gets away. What happened to Fleance? As you will see, his flight was only the beginning, and his illegitimate son Walter inherited his destiny, bringing him back to Malcolm III’s Scotland, where Walter became the first Steward of Scotland.
To many, the name Tostig and Traitor are synonymous. But it was the sibling rivalry between Tostig and Harold that set up the circumstances leading to Stamford Bridge—and of course, put Harold in the wrong place at the wrong time when William landed at Pevensey. See how Harold's conflict with Tostig led directly to the Norman Conquest.