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The House of Godwine: The History of a Dynasty

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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 House of Godwine, Emma Mason tells the turbulent story of a remarkable family which, until Haro ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 4th 2004 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published March 4th 2003)
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Mercedes Rochelle
Oct 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book some months ago, and today, as I was looking up a detail for more clarification, I realized that this volume was full of paper slips marking important passages. Then I realized I never reviewed this book which I keep on hand while working on my historical fiction projects. Well, I suppose this is a classic case of taking a book for granted, since I'm still actively using it.

I find "The House of Godwine" to be a clear, detailed and useful history that goes farther than merely re
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Beorn
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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An interesting and balanced look at the history of arguably one of the most famous dynasties of Britain, that of King Harold and his family.

While this should be applauded for the relatively pragmatic approach it takes to disseminating the facts from the spin and is very informative, the way the book is composed makes it quite a heavy chunk to swallow. There is virtually no paragraph breaks - every page is one big block of text - and, I'll be honest, I've read more accessible history books before
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Michael Smith
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This volume is based on a course the author taught at the University of London and is enhanced by her discussions with colleagues at the annual Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies — which is to say she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to perspectives of conquest, especially as they pertain to (in this case) the losers. Certainly, Harold Godwinson is remembered mostly for having lost his kingdom at Hastings, but the family went on to be both glorified and demonized. Where did al ...more
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