Book: The Sons of Godwine - Part Two of The Last Great Saxon Earls by Mercedes Rochellecategories: Book, Harold Godwinson, 1066, Battle of Hastings, Anglo Saxon, Norman Conquest, Stamford Bridge, Edward the Confessor, Godwin of Wessex, Historical Fiction
Mercedes Rochelleabout this book: When moving from GODWINE KINGMAKER to THE SONS OF GODWINE, I made a drastic change in POV (point of view) from third person to first person. This is very unconventional, I admit, especially since I started the second book then shelved it for about twenty years. When the time came to pick it up again, I was astounded that it was written in first person. I didn't even remember doing this! What possessed me? I didn't even like first person. Well, I was going to start over and go back to third person like the first book, but decided to read what I'd done first (about fifty pages). Lo and behold, I really liked it. And, most importantly, I remembered why I made the change.
If you know about the last Anglo-Saxon King, Harold Godwineson, you know that when he should have been guarding the south coast of England against William the Bastard, instead he was 200 miles north fighting against his brother Tostig at Stamford Bridge. What could possibly have set brother against brother? And when did it start? As a younger sibling myself, I could totally relate to Tostig's feeling of rejection in relationship to the older, more favored brother. I adored my big brother, but he thought I was a pest and never returned the affection—or at least that's how I saw it. And so with Tostig. Harold was the golden-haired boy, and Tostig could never achieve his fame. I concluded that the best way to reveal the fundamental discord between them was to express, in Tostig's words, the slights and rejections he experienced ever since their boyhood. And once I got Tostig's perspective, I had to do the same with Harold; after all, there are two (three) sides to every story, right? And with Harold, what he didn't bother to consider was often as important as what he did think about; there were times he had no clue that Tostig was even upset with him. After I was finished, I felt that I knew my characters much better than when I wrote from third person. That was quite a revelation. I really enjoyed the process.
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