Wulfnoth Cild, Earl of Sussex

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Wulfnoth Cild, Earl of Sussex

Lithuanian: Wulfnoth Cild, Sasekso Grafas
Birthplace: England (United Kingdom)
Death: circa 1014 (22-40)
Hampshire, England (United Kingdom)
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Son of Æthelmaer and Æthelthrith of Wessex
Father of Gōdwine Wulfnothsson, Earl of Wessex and Ælfwig, Abbot of Newminster and Winchester
Brother of N.N.; Æthelweard and Æthelnoth, Archbishop of Canterbury

Occupation: Earl of Sussex
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About Wulfnoth Cild, Earl of Sussex


Wulfnoth Cild (died 1015) was an Anglo-Saxon nobleman who is thought to have been the father of Godwin, Earl of Wessex and thus the grandfather of King Harold Godwinson . Earl Godwin's father was certainly named Wulfnoth, a relatively uncommon name. He is thus assumed to be the same person as Wulfnoth Cild, a thegn in Sussex .


Wulfnoth Cild (died c. 1014) was a South Saxon thegn who is regarded by historians as the probable father of Godwin, Earl of Wessex, and thus the grandfather of King Harold Godwinson. It is known that Godwin's father was called Wulfnoth, and in the view of Frank Barlow, the Godwin family's massive estates in Sussex are indisputable evidence that the Wulfnoth in question was the South Saxon thegn.

In 1008, King Æthelred the Unready ordered the construction of a fleet, and the following year 300 ships assembled at Sandwich in Kent to meet a threatened Viking invasion. There Brihtric, brother of Eadric Streona, brought unknown charges against Wulfnoth before the king, unjustly according to John of Worcester. Wulfnoth then fled with twenty ships and ravaged the south coast. Brihtric followed with eighty, but his fleet was driven ashore by a storm and burnt by Wulfnoth. After the loss of a third of the fleet the remaining ships were withdrawn to London, and the Vikings were able to invade Kent unopposed. Æthelred almost certainly confiscated Wulfnoth's property as a result.


Leo: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists who came to America bef. 1700, Baltimore, 1995, Weis, Frederick Lewis; Sheppard, Walter, Reference: 5.

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