Characters

MEET THE CHARACTERS

Aelfgyva

Aelfgyva

A Saxon needlewoman recruited to work on the BT, she is the victim of Odo’s persistent sexually predatory behavior.
Bardolfe

Bardolfe

Fiercely loyal to Cynewyn, he pledges his life to protect her. His nature is earnest and kind, he steps out of his comfort zone to learn to read and write.
Bertana

Bertana

She is canny, smart and unafraid to speak her mind, all qualities that her lover, Hugh d’Avranches, Earl of Chester, adores.
Bishop Odo

Bishop Odo

As William’s half brother, he actually ruled England for more years than William did, because William was most often in Normandy fighting with the French king or other nobles.
Cynewyn of Drayton

Cynewyn of Drayton

Cynewyn is entirely fictitious but someone like her probably existed. The genius and artistry of the Bayeux Tenture was not the result of a man’s design, in my opinion.
Isabelle de Bassett

Isabelle de Bassett

In real life, Isabelle de Broyes was married three times before the age of 21, when she married Thurstan, had one child and then lived and died in Normandy.
King William I

King William I

William was by turns extremely brutal (the Harrowing of the North which Edith refers to) and quite generous in his forgiveness of enemies.
Lady Abbess

Lady Abbess

She is a mostly benevolent mistress, with the exception of enabling and turning a blind eye to Odo’s predation upon Aelfgyva at the Abbey.
Morcar

Morcar

In real life, Morcar is the son of Lord Alfgar, last Mercian Earl of the Saxon era. He and his brother Edwin plotted against William after the conquest.
Queen Edith

Queen Edith

Queen Edith was the ultimate survivor. Married to Edward the Confessor and also sister to King Harold, she was from a long line of rebellious and determined Saxon-Danish.
Siward of Gloucester

Siward of Gloucester

Siward is a real historical figure who opposed William in the years after the Conquest. He is rumored to have been captured by William, then released and banished from England.
Thurstan de Bassett

Thurstan de Bassett

Thurstan is a very talented falconer who finds and trains the best birds in the world. His job as Grand Falconer to King William was prestigious and important.
Turold

Turold

Turold is one of the few characters named in the Bayeux Tapestry. He is credited as the composer of The Song of Roland, and was known as a jongleur and entertainer.
Vital

Vital

He is one of William’s doughty men and is also named in the Bayeux Tapestry. He was a gifted scout and soldier.