Godwine Kingmaker

Part One of The Last Great Saxon Earls
Narrated by: Kevin E. Green
Series: The Last Great Saxon Earls, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
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Harold Godwineson, the Last Anglo-Saxon King, owed everything to his father. Who was this Godwine, first Earl of Wessex and known as the Kingmaker? Was he an unscrupulous schemer, using King and Witan to gain power? Or was he the greatest of all Saxon Earls, protector of the English against the hated Normans? The answer depends on who you ask. 

He was befriended by the Danes, raised up by Canute the Great, given an earldom and a wife from the highest Danish ranks. He sired nine children, among them four earls, a queen, and a future king. Along with his power came a struggle to keep his enemies at bay, and Godwine's best efforts were brought down by the misdeeds of his eldest son Swegn. 

Although he became father-in-law to a reluctant Edward the Confessor, his fortunes dwindled as the Normans gained prominence at court. Driven into exile, Godwine regathered his forces and came back even stronger, only to discover that his second son Harold was destined to surpass him in renown and glory.

©2015 Mercedes Rochelle (P)2020 Mercedes Rochelle

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Worth the ctedit

Some dry parts but if you enjoy historical fiction you'll enjoy this. Great Narrator

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Great Story Line

I was super excited to start this book. I thoroughly enjoy Norse, viking, Saxon, and Danish sagas. This book did not disappoint. The narration was superb.

I enjoyed the book so much I went ahead and purchased the second book in the series.

I was given a free copy of this book and have chosen to leave an unbiased review.

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The Godwineson Dynasty

Great start to a series. This time period in England's history is so fascinating. Invasion after invasion and a dynasty that was set up to reign forever. They go from Exile to Earl to exile to Earl's within a generation. The Godwineson story is way better that any fiction. Cant wait for book 2. The only critique I have is that I wish it was a much longer book.

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History Brought to Life

This was one of the best historical fiction books about this time period in English History that I’ve read. It’s immediately clear that this author is not only a very good writer but did an exceptional amount of research. I will never look at Godwine the same again. The time period of the Normans and the Saxons and the “ongoing” invasions was given fresh breath.

This book did what any great historical fiction should do: It brought these men and women to life, put flesh on their bones and made you care. The author’s talent lies in imparting so many historical facts without making it read like a research paper.

There is sequel. I look forward to reading it and learning even more.
The narration was very good.

**I was given a free copy of this book in lieu of an honest review

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Very enjoyable listen

I'm a history buff, but have never studied this particular period of English history before. This book was excellent, it was entertaining, engaging and made the time fly! I normally listen to the book before bed and so I found myself staying up later than normal at times, so that I could find out what would happen next. Needless to say, it was well worth the time I spent listening since it was a really good story and well narrated too. The narrator did a good job with changing up the voices for each charactor so that I could tell who was speaking (some narrators don't do voices). I'm looking forward to listening to the next book soon!

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I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
This history is known to historical fiction readers like me. But its the story of the lives created by Mercedes Rochelle that allow the reader to dig deeper in to the history of England before the Norman Conquest. I look forward to the next book in this series narrated by the same great voice artist as in the author's other books in this time period.