Godfrey

/god"free/, n.
1. a male given name: from Germanic words meaning "god" and "peace."
2. (sometimes l.c.) (used as an exclamation of surprise, anger, etc.)

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(as used in expressions)
Godfrey of Saint Victor
Godfrey Arthur Morton

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▪ king of Denmark
Danish Godfred, or Gudfred
died 810

      king in Denmark who halted the northward extension of Charlemagne's empire. He may have ruled over all Denmark, but his centre of power was in the extreme south of Jutland. There Hedeby (q.v.) became an important station on the new Frankish trade route to the Muslim states of the East via the Baltic Sea and the Russian rivers.

      In 804, during a period of intense Danish-Carolingian warfare, Godfrey destroyed the Sorbian port of Reric (later Lübeck) in retaliation for the Sorbs' alliance with Charlemagne; the activity of the port was transferred to Hedeby, greatly enhancing its importance. In addition to campaigning successfully against the forces of Charlemagne and his son Louis I the Pious, Godfrey began construction of the Danevirke, a line of earthwork fortifications along the southern base of the Jutland peninsula, south of Hedeby. He was murdered while on campaign in Frisia.

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