Sweyn Godwinson 1020 – 1052

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Sweyn Godwinson was born around 1020 and died in 1052. He was the eldest son of Earl Godwin of Wessex. Sweyn was created Earl of Herefordshire but was exiled after abducting the abbess of Leominster. He was allowed to return to England in 1049 but was exiled again after murdering his cousin. In 1051 he went on a crusade to Jerusalem but died on the return journey.

Family tree for Sweyn son of Godwin, Earl of Wessex showing:


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Heather Y Wheeler. (2017). Sweyn Godwinson 1020 – 1052. Available: https://www.treesofblue.com/sweyn-godwinson-1020-1052. Last accessed November 2nd, 2023