Archives: Battle of Hastings, 1066

Review for FATAL RIVALRY by Helen Skinner, She Reads Novels

March 5, 2017 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Battle of Hastings, 1066, Book Reviews, The Sons of Godwine

This is the third and final novel in Mercedes Rochelle’s Last Great Saxon Earls trilogy, completing the story begun in Godwine Kingmaker and The Sons of Godwine.  Set in 11th century England, just before the Norman Conquest, Godwine Kingmaker told the story of Godwine, the powerful Earl of Wessex, while in The Sons of Godwine […]

Did Harold die from an Arrow in the Eye?

February 17, 2015 by Mercedes Rochelle | 10 Comments | Filed in Battle of Hastings, 1066, The Sons of Godwine

The Bayeux Tapestry gave us an iconic image of Harold pulling an arrow from his eye. It must be Harold: the name is embroidered around his head and spear. And since the Tapestry is created so close in time to the actual event, it is considered one of the major sources of documentation and hence […]

William the Conqueror’s Landing, 1066

May 10, 2014 by Mercedes Rochelle | 4 Comments | Filed in Battle of Hastings, 1066, General Topics, The Sons of Godwine, William the Conqueror

I remember my first trip to England somewhere around 1990 or so.  I headed directly south to Hastings, for I had been studying about the great event and wanted to see the battlefield for myself.  Of course, travel itineraries were much harder to plan in those days, but I saw no reason to doubt that I […]

The Battle of Hastings did not take place at Hastings

August 11, 2010 by Mercedes Rochelle | 3 Comments | Filed in Battle of Hastings, 1066, General Topics

On my first trip to England I was terribly excited to tour the battlefield of Hastings, and we headed to the town of that name in our rented car.  Mind you, this was in the early ’90s, before the internet and easy access to unlimited information.  I had all my sketches of the battle itself, but I […]

What happened to Earl Godwine’s family?

April 18, 2010 by Mercedes Rochelle | 2 Comments | Filed in Battle of Hastings, 1066, Earl Godwine of Wessex, The Sons of Godwine

Godwine, Earl of Wessex was one of the most powerful Saxons of his day.  At the height of his career, it looked like he was positioned to found a powerful dynasty.  He had six strapping sons: Swegn, Harold, Tostig, Gyrth, Leofwine, and Wulfnoth, and his daughter Edith was married to the King of England.  It is […]