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Sveyn Godwinson, Earl of Mercia[1]

Male Abt 1020 - 1052  (~ 32 years)


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  • Name Sveyn Godwinson 
    Suffix Earl of Mercia 
    Born Abt 1020 
    Gender Male 
    Acceded 1043 
    Earl of Mercia 
    • In 1043 Sweyn was raised to an earldom which included Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Somerset.

      Earls of Hereford, First Creation (1043)

      Swegen Godwinson was Earl (1043\endash 1051)

      earldom forfeit 1051\endash 1052
    Died 29 Sep 1052  Lycia, Constantinople, Byzantium Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Killed 
    • It appears he was driven by remorse for his sins, as he undertook a barefoot pilgrimage to Jerusalem. It was on his return from there he was killed, although the sources differ on where
    Notes 
    Person ID I8224  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 31 May 2013 

    Father Godwin of Wessex, Earl of Wessex and Kent,   b. Abt 987,   d. 15 Apr 1053, Winchester Castle, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Mother Gytha Thorkelsdóttir,   b. Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1069, Flanders Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3357  Group Sheet

    Family Edgiva of Leominster, Abbess of Leominster,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Type: Associated with 
    • In 1046, he joined in on an invasion of Deheubarth. On his return from this campaign Sweyn abducted Eadgifu, the Abbess of Leominster, apparently intending to marry her and gain control of Leominster's vast estate. However, the king refused permission and Eadgifu returned to her abbey. Late in 1047 Sweyn left England to take refuge with Baldwin, count of Flanders.
    _STAT Associated with 
    Children 
     1. Haakon,   b. 1046,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Tostig,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 31 May 2013 
    Family ID F3359  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S36] Directory of Royal Genealogical Data, Brian Tompsett, Dept of Computer Science, University of Hull, England([email protected]), (This work is Copyright b 1994-2002 Brian C Tompsett).