Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Havelok, the son and heir of the king of Denmark. Exiled and reared in England by an old fisherman, he is a typical hero of the popular romances, renowned for his strength, his athletic prowess, his size, and his gentle nature rather than for his intellectual acumen.
Goldeboru, his wife, the lovely heiress to the English throne. Unwillingly married to an unknown kitchen boy, she rejoices to find him in reality a king, and she supports him in his successful attempts to regain his own throne and hers.
Athelwold, Goldeboru’s father, the brave, just, and devout king of England. He entrusts his young daughter to his noblemen on his deathbed.
Godrich, a treacherous lord, named regent and Goldeboru’s guardian by Athelwold. He marries the rightful queen to Havelok to secure the throne for himself and ultimately is burned at the stake for this act of treason.
Birkabeyn, the good king of Denmark, whose only fault is his lack of judgment in leaving his three children in Godard’s hands at his untimely death.
Godard, the Danish regent, who murders two of his charges and sends the third, Havelok, to be drowned. His tyrannical reign is brought to a close by Havelok’s return.
Grim, Havelok’s loyal guardian, an old...
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