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review: Godwine Kingmaker

Godwine Kingmaker: Part One of the Great Saxon Earls by Mercedes Rochelle England, 1016. Godwine, a Saxon and son of an erstwhile thegn of Sussex, meets Jarl Ulf, who is lost in the woods after a battle against Edmund Ironside. The Danish nobleman rewards young Godwine for leading him back to his men by taking him under his wing and introducing him to Canute the Great—who is shortly to become King of England. Thus begins the making of Earl Godwine, who is loyal to the succession of Danish rulers during the tumultuous 11th century when the Danes, Saxons, and Normans were fighting over the rule of England. Canute was a fair and popular ruler who brought peace to England, and Godwine flourished under his rule,…

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review: Heir to a Prophecy

*note: previously titled Thou Shalt Get Kings Heir to a Prophecy by Mercedes Rochelle Those familiar with Shakespeare’s Macbeth will recognize from this story the characters of Banquo, Fleance and the Three Weird Sisters. While they set the stage, the protagonist throughout most of the narrative is Walter Stewart—beginning with his early life as a Welsh outcast, to his glory days as the King of Scots’ confidante. Malcom III’s defeat over Macbeth, William the Conqueror’s Battle of Hastings and the subsequent uprisings in Northern England are among the action filled pages. This story is a perfect introduction to 11th century Scotland, England and Wales (and even a bit of Brittany), with minute descriptions of the kingdoms and their people and ways of life. I tend…

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