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23. call'd the Confessor, who preferring a private life, was with great difficulty brought to accept it, & the more so as one of the conditions was His marrying the Daughter of Earl Godwin a very amiable Princess Herself, but sprung from a very turbulent family; Her Father having with His Sons the Hereditary Governments of Half the Kingdom, by which means He govern'd England Despoticaly & was the occasion of all the Misfortunes of this Reign. The first step Edward took by the advice of Godwin was to Seize His Mother's Treasures at Winchester, for so far was the King from being rapacious, that He took off the heavy tax of Danegald, tho this gain'd Him the affection of the People, yet His great partiality for the Normans with whom He pass'd his early life, lost Him the hearts