"Bishop Odo and Earl William lived here afterwards, and wrought castles widely
through this country, and harassed the miserable people; and ever
since has evil increased very much."
Anglo-Saxon Chroncle

"The King stopped at nothing to hunt his enemies. He cut down many people and destroyed homes and land. Nowhere else had he shown such cruelty. To his shame he made no effort to control his fury and he punished the innocent with the guilty. He ordered that crops and herds, tools and food should be burned to ashes. More than 100,000 people perished of hunger. I have often praised William in this book, but I can say nothing good about this brutal slaughter. God will punish him." Orderic Vitalis, on King William

From the poem Darraðarljóð:

Let us now wind the web of war
Where the warrior banners are forging forward
Let his life not be taken;
Only the Valkyries can choose the slain.


By Faery Tragedy

Character List

(Surnames are taken from the father's first name)




The Godwinsons

Godwin, earl of Wessex, father to Harold ect.

Harold, earl of Wessex and King of the English after Edward; m. Edith


-Several other children

Earl Sweyn (not appearing)

Tostig, earl of Northumbria, usurped

Gryth, earl of East Anglia; m. Cwen of Alba

-Raedmund; m. Adeline

-Harold; m. Tola


Leofwine, earl of Kent

Gunhilda of Wessex

Wulfnoth (not appearing)

Edith of Wessex; m. Edward King

Aelfgifu of Wessex


The Ælfgarsons

Edwin, earl of Mercia; m. Ragnhildr Grythsdottir

Morcar, earl of Northumbria


Other Saxons

King Edward (the Confessor), King of the English until 1066; m. Edith of Wessex

Edgar Atheling, nominated heir apparent to Edward the Confessor at the witan, never crowned

Saehild, heathen seeress

Ealgyþe, alchemist in East Anglia

Hereward the Wake, rebel to the Bastard; m. Marion

Aldfrid, master guard of the Mercian household

Godwif, Edwin's deceased wife

Tola, lady-in-waiting to Adeline; m. Harold



William, duke of Normandy (or the Bastard), conquered England; m. Matilda

Odo, bishop of Bayeux and brother to the Bastard

Adeline, the Beauty of Bayeux; m. Raedmund

-Raedmund the Younger

-Margery of East Anglia

William FitzOsbern, earl of Hereford

Hugh de Montfort, had castles in East Anglia



Cyneric, captain of Wyvern

Sweyn Estridson, kind of Denmark