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see GodwinGodwin
or Godwine
, d. 1053, earl of Wessex. He became chief adviser to King Canute, was created (c.1018) an earl, and was given great wealth and lands. After Canute's death (1035) Godwin and Queen Emma, Canute's widow, supported the claims to succession of her son
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 (d. 1053).
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In late Anglo-Saxon England, names of Germanic origin like Old English Godwine, Wulfsige, Dodda (all male) were commonplace.
It says: "In Farnley Tyas, Godwine and Swein had 3 carucates of land to the geld, and there could be 3 ploughs.
Unlike some other works on late Anglo-Saxon society, Williams does not concentrate on the most famous of earls, Godwine of Wessex.
c) Da com Godwine eorl & Swegen eorl & Harold eorl togaedere aet Byferes stan & manig mann mid heom.
dum pe hit riht ne waes, and his brooru mid him begen aerndon, Godwine and Godwig, guoe ne giemdon, ac wendon fram pam wige and pone wudu sohton, flugon on paet faesten and hira feore burgon, and manna ma ponne hit .
Edith, the daughter of Earl Godwine and wife of Edward the Confessor, who spent part of her childhood with the nuns of Wilton Abbey in the 1030s and 40s, was later credited with having known music, grammar, and languages, which she had presumably learnt in the abbey.
Un lur vassal de la maisun, Godwine l'esquieler par nun, 1324 Tant ad forment dieble entice, Empeint a fere malveiste, Ke a la femme s'est ajuste; Tant ad requis, tant parle 1328 Ke il sunt tut a un voleir De fere la folur pur veir; Kar nature est, bien le savez,
Godric, Godwine, and Godwig are Anglo-Saxon names, but Odda is Danish; this suggests an English mother and a Danish father.
Fleming's analysis of the Anglo-Saxon holdings prior to 1066 indicated in Domesday Book shows dramatically how the landed wealth of the family of Godwine had come to dominate that of the king.
The royal demesne doubled in extent, ensuring a significant shift in the balance of power between king and aristocracy, such that the Norman kings were never threatened by an over-mighty subject as Edward the Confessor had been by Earl Godwine and his family.
11) The same bounds occur in a later grant by King Edward to Earl Godwine in 1045.