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"If I may speak, Lord? The woman Gisela was a pagan, and as such did not belong in holy ground. By removing her, I would say the Lord Uhtred was undoing what should never have been done. Her continued presence would have further poisoned the soil. In my opinion, the dead are well rid of her. (...) I speak the truth. Gisela was a pagan and a whore, still married to Ælfric of Bebbanburg. (...) In the eyes of God, she was a whore. (...) And her children, bastards. (...) I would have the poor wretches taken and baptised-- (...) The souls in Heaven are rejoicing... (...) That the heathen Gisela has been taken from the earth and burnt! (...) She was of no greater worth than the witch Skade whom he has brought to the--"
—Godwin voicing his disdain for Gisela, before being killed by Uhtred[src]

Godwin was a minor character in both The Saxon Stories novel series, and The Last Kingdom television series. He was a priest.


The Saxon Stories[]

In "The Burning Land", he is a blind monk, beholden to Bishop Asser. He is supposedly able to speak directly with God.

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The Last Kingdom[]

Season 3[]

Winchester, Wessex; Godwin, along with Bishop Erkenwald observe as Uhtred trains with Edward. After finishing training, Godwin and Erkenwald chat with Uhtred, with Godwin stating that Uhtred's unborn child will be a boy. ("Episode 3.1")

Godwin is approached by Æthelwold, who tells him that he needs to show Erkenwald that Uhtred is not the man to guide Edward. Following the death of Gisela, Uhtred is called to the Witan for digging up her body after it was buried on holy ground. Uhtred argues that he did nothing wrong, and Alfred decides that an apology will suffice. Godwin speaks up and says that Gisela was a pagan and a whore and that Uhtred was right to dig up her grave, as she should have never been buried on holy ground in the first place. Uhtred becomes enraged, and demands that Godwin stops, but he continues, eventually leading to Uhtred hitting him, unintentionally breaking his neck. ("Episode 3.2")


The Saxon Stories[]

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The Saxon Stories                        

The Last Kingdom[]

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Season 3
Season 4
Season 5


  • The name Godwin comes from Old English. The name is made up of the words god, which means "god, good", and win, which means "friend, joy".