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  • The Death of Godwine 1053
    on Apr 5, 2016 in Normans
    After William had departed, Englishmen became discontented at King Edward's increasing favor to the Norman strangers. In 1052 Godwine and his sons—Swegen only excepted—returned from exile. They sailed up the Thames and landed at Southwark. The fo...
  • Duke William and the Norman Church
    on Apr 2, 2016 in Christianity Church Normans
    An Englishman, who saw much of Duke William in after-life, declared that, severe as he was, he was mild to good men who loved God. The Church was in his days assuming a new place in Europe. The monastic revival which had originated at Cluny had led...
  • Visit of Duke William. 1051
    on Mar 31, 2016 in Normans
    In Godwine's absence, in 1051 King Edward the Confessorreceived a visit from the Duke of the Normans, William, the bastard son of Duke Robert and the daughter of a tanner of Falaise.Robert was a son of Richard II., and William was thus the grandson o...
  • The Banishment of Godwine. 1051
    on Mar 30, 2016
    At last, in 1051, the strife between King Edward and the Earl broke out openly. Edward's brother-in-law, Eustace, Count of Boulogne, visited England. On his return his men made a disturbance at Dover, and in the riot which ensued some of the townsmen...
  • Edward the Confessor
    on Mar 28, 2016
    The English were tired of foreign rulers. 'All folk chose Edward king.'Edward, the son of Æthelred and the brother of the murdered Ælfred, though an Englishman on his father's side, was also the son of the Norman Emma, and had been brought up in No...
  • The Sons of Cnut. 1035—1042
    on Oct 29, 2014
    Cnut died in 1035. Godwine and the West Saxons chose Harthacnut, the son of Cnut and Emma to take his father's place, whilst the north and centre, headed by Leofwine's son, Leofric, Earl of the Mercians, chose Harold, the son of Cnut by an earlier wi...
  • Cnut's Government
    on Dec 28, 2013 in Normans
    Cnut had thus made himself master of a great empire, and yet, Dane as he was, though he treated Englishmen and Danes as equals, he gave his special favour to Englishmen. He restored, as men said, the laws of Eadgar—that is to say, he kept peace and...
  • Cnut and the Earldoms. 1016—1035
    on Dec 26, 2013 in Normans
    Cnut was one of those rulers who, like the Emperor Augustus, shrink from no barbarity in gaining power, but when once they have acquired it exercise their authority with moderation and gentleness.He began by outlawing or putting to death men whom he...
  • Æthelred Restored. 1014—1016
    on Dec 14, 2013 in Danes Kings Saints
    The Martyrdom of St. EdmundIn 1014 Svend died suddenly as he was riding at the head of his troops to the attack of the monastery of Bury St. Edmunds. A legend soon arose as to the manner of his death. St. Edmund himself, the East Anglian king Eadmund...
  • Svend's Conquest 1002—1013
    on Dec 12, 2013 in Danes Normans
    Æthelred, having failed to buy off the Danes, tried to murder them. In 1002, on St. Brice's Day, there was a general massacre of all the Danes—not of the old inhabitants of Danish blood who had settled in Ælfred's time—but of the new-comers. Sv...
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