Mercedes Rochelle writes about 11th century Britain and all the questions that come up while researching historical fiction. I am especially interested in Macbeth, Malcolm III of Scotland, the Battle of Hastings, Canute the Danish King of England, Earl Godwine and his sons Harold, Tostig, and Swegn.
When we study the succession of post-conquest English kings, we often forget that England might not be their primary interest. This may be the reason that William the Conqueror groomed his eldest son to inherit the Dukedom of Normandy and gave the
This map was scanned from Edward A. Freeman’s History of the Norman Conquest of England. I found it in the Appendix of Volume 2 and I thought it was very helpful since a picture is worth a thousand words, as they say… doubly so for maps! I hope you can read this map through all [...]
Earl Godwine may have had a humiliating experience finding himself exiled in the fall of 1051, but by many accounts his absence made the Saxons appreciate him like never before. King Edward the Confessor, ever more at home in Normandy than England, surrounded himself with Thegns and Prelates from his adopted land who proceeded to lord [...]