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  • ID: I17858
  • Ancestral File #: ES:II-78, AR:1B-22
  • Name: Godwin Ealdorman Of Wessex
  • Sex: M
  • Note:
    Barlow, Lundie W, The Antecedents of Earl Godwine of Wessex, NEHGR v111 (Jan 1957) pp30-38.

    Burke, Sir John Bernard, Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage Baronetage and Knightage. 99th edition. London: Burke's Peerage, 1949. Available at

    Cokayne, George Edward, Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct, or dormant. Gloucester: A Sutton, 1982. Available at Vol 1-4 also available at, completepeerageo02coka, completepeerageo03coka, and completepeerageo04byucoka.

    Fisher, Gordon, Earl Godwine. Posting to soc.genealogy.medieval (email list GEN-MEDIEVAL) on 2/18/1998-091758. Subject: Re: Earl Godwine--correction. Available at Author address: gfisher at shentel dot net.

    Greene, David, Earl Godwine--correction. Posting to soc.genealogy.medieval (email list GEN-MEDIEVAL) on 2/18/1998-083912. Subject: Earl Godwine--correction. Available at Author address: dgreene at piedmont dot edu.

    Keats-Rohan, K.S.B., Domesday Descendants, A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Documents 1066-1166. Vol II: Pipe Rolls to Cartae Baronum. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 2002. NYPL ARF 03-4178 vol 2. Corrections at

    Moriarty, G Andrews, Plantagenet Ancestry of King Edward III And Queen Philippa. Salt Lake: Mormon Pioneer Genealogical Society, 1985. LDS Film#0441438. nypl#ARF-86-2555.

    Paget, Gerald, The Lineage and Ancestry of H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. London: Charles Skilton Ltd, 1977. Nypl ARF+ 78-835.

    Previte-Orton, C. W., The Shorter Cambridge Medieval History, Cambridge: University Press, 1952. Chatham 940.1PRE.

    Schwennicke, Detlev, ed., Europaische Stammtafeln: Stammtafeln zur Geschichte der europaischen Staaten, New Series. II: Die Ausserdeutschen Staaten Die Regierenden Hauser der Ubrigen Staaten Europas. Marburg: Verlag von J. A. Stargardt, 1984.

    Weir, Alison, Britain's Royal Families, The Complete Genealogy, London: Bodley Head, 1989. Nypl ARF 89-26908

    Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr, David Faris, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who came to America before 1700, 7th Edition, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1992.
  • Note:
    Thegn in Sussex [Ref: Weis AR7 #1B] Earl of Essex [Ref: Weis AR7 #166] Ealdorman of Wessex [Ref: Moriarty Plantagenet p145, Weis AR7 #1B] Earl of Kent [Ref: CP V p682]

    1018: Ealdorman of Wessex [Ref: Moriarty Plantagenet p145, Weis AR7 #1B]

    favorite of Knut [Ref: Moriarty Plantagenet p145]

    great statesman of the reign of Edward the Confessor [Ref: Moriarty Plantagenet p145]

    In 1913, Alfred Anscombe in _Transactions of the Royal Historical Society_, 3rd ser, vol. 7, suggested that Godwine was a descendant of King Aethelred I through Aethelweard the historian, who d. ca. 1002. His evidence was the descent of land from Aethelweard to Godwine or to Godwine's children. Anscombe, however, was not able to fill in the two intervening generations between Aethelweard and Godwine. The missing generations were provided by Lundie W. Barlow in an article in NEHGR in 1957 (111:30-38), also based on land descent; Moriarty accepted Barlow's conclusions. The arguments were strengthened by David Kelley in a major article on Aethelred I's descendants in the Charles Evans Festschrift.
    Bierbrier, however, reviewed the Evans Festchrift in the Genealogists' Magazine and said that Kelley (and by implication Anscombe, Barlow, and Moriarty) were wrong and that Godwine was a "new man" who had received his lands en bloc from Cnut. Bierbrier cited several recent studies on Cnut and Godwine which reach this conclusion, although so far as I can tell, they provide no contemporary evidence for the source of Godwine's land.
    It is certain that Godwine or his children possessed a number of manors that had been in the possession of Aethelweard and his ancestors. If Godwine received the land through inheritance, he was a descendant of the royal house of Wessex. But if he received it through Danish expropriation of the Saxon possessors of the land, it provides no evidence for Godwine's ancestry. [Ref: David Greene SGM 2/18/1998-083912]

    "The son of Wulfnoth, probably a Sussex thegn, Godwin rose to power through the favour of King Cnut." --- *The Life of King Edward who rests at Westminster*, attributed to a monk of Saint-Bertin, 2nd edn, ed & tr & with introduction & notes by Frank Barlow, Oxford (Clarendon), 1992. Footnote, p 6 [Ref: Gordon Fisher SGM 2/18/1998-091758]

    entry appears in DD, no further information [Ref: Keats-Rohan DD p221]
  • Birth: Abt 987
  • Note:
    Sources for this Information:
    date: abt 987 [Ref: Weir RoyalFam p34], father: [Ref: Barlow Godwine p36, Moriarty Plantagenet p145, Moriarty Plantagenet p252, Moriarty Plantagenet p254, Weir RoyalFam p34, Weis AR7 #1B]
  • Death: 15 Apr 1053
  • Note:
    Sources for this Information:
    date: [Ref: ES II #78, Moriarty Plantagenet p145, Moriarty Plantagenet p146, Weis AR7 #1B]
    1053 [Ref: Moriarty Plantagenet p252, Moriarty Plantagenet p254]

    Father: Wulfnoth Cild Thegn In Sussex

    Marriage 1 Githa
    • Married: Abt 1020
    • Note:
      Sources for this Information:
      date: 1019/20 [Ref: Moriarty Plantagenet p146, Weis AR7 #1B]
      19/20 [Ref: Moriarty Plantagenet p145], names: [Ref: ES II #98], child: [Ref: Barlow Godwine p36, Burke Peerage ccli, ES II #78, Keats-Rohan DD p1098, Keats-Rohan DD p1103, Keats-Rohan DD p222, Moriarty Plantagenet p145, Paget HRHCharles p8, Weir RoyalFam p35, Weis AR7 #1B]
    1. Has No Children Druella
    2. Has No Children Eadgyth
    3. Has No Children Leofwine Earl Of Kent Surrey Middlesex
    4. Has No Children Wulfnoth
    5. Has No Children Alfgar
    6. Has No Children Gryth Earl Of East Anglia b: 4
    7. Has Children Harold II Goodwinson, King Of England b: Abt 1020
    8. Has Children Sweyn Earl Of Mercia b: Abt 1023
    9. Has Children Tostig Earl Of Northumbria b: Abt 1026
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