Philobiblon: Perhaps Hastings wasn't so bad

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Perhaps Hastings wasn't so bad

From today's DNB email: "There is some evidence to suggest that Godwine [father of Henry II of England] was the son of the late tenth-century renegade and pirate Wulfnoth of Sussex, who had rebelled spectacularly against Aethelred the Unready and had purloined his fleet; and judging from the location of Godwine's estates it does appear that the family had long been established as thegns in Sussex and Hampshire."

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