The History of the Norman Conquest of England Volume 1

9780217951777: The History of the Norman Conquest of England Volume 1

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...makes him a kinsman Different of the traitor Eadric; another makes him the son of a to Qoj. churl, seemingly on the borders of Gloucestershire andwl."?8 0-orsgm. Wiltshire, who won the favour of the Danish Earl Ulf by incidental services done to him after the battle of Sher-stone.1 But, whatever was his origin, it is clear that his advancement was one of the first acts of the reign of Cnut. Among the foremost men of his newly won kingdom, Godwine Godwine recommended himself to the discerning conqueror faour/and by his valour in war, his prudence in counsel, his diligence " ra1sed to _ J ' ' ' the rank in business, his eloquence in speech, his agreeable discourse of Earl. and equable temper.2 I infer that Godwine had dis-tinguished himself in the war on the side of Eadmund, but that he was early in offering his allegiance to the conqueror.3 The rank of Earl--with what jurisdiction we know not--was the reward of these merits. We find him holding that dignity in the second year of Cnut's reign,4 1 On the origin of Godwine, see Appendix ZZ. 2 Vita Eadw. ap. Luard, p. 392. "Quntu consilio cautissimus, tum bellici s rebus ab ipso rege probatus est strenuissimua. Erat quoque morum if(I ualitatw tam cunctis quam ipai regi grattssimus, assiduo lain,ris accinctu incomparabilis, jocunda et prompta afTkbilitate omnibus affabilia." Pro-nently he is " profundus eloquio." William of Malmesbury also (ii. 197) sl1eaks of Godwine's eloquence; " Homo affectnti leporis, et ingenue gentilitia lingua eloquens, mirus dicere, mirua populo persuadere quie pIacerent." 1 See Appendix ZZ. ' See Appendix A A A. Chap vi. and it is not unlikely to have been conferred upon him in the very Gemot of which we have just been speaking. He became a personal favourite with the...

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