Goodwin (died 878) was the reeve of Winchestre in the late 9th century during the reign of King Alfred of Wessex. He was a close confidant of Alfred and was instrumental in helping the king promote and implement his reforms to education and religion in Wessex's most holy city. Secretly, Goodwin also aided Alfred in bringing down the Order of the Ancients by working as his spy.
Behind the scenes
The name Goodwin is derived from the Old English Godwine, meaning "friend of god".