King Sveyn I "Forked-Beard" HARALDSSON of Denmark
Swietoslava (Sygryda) "The Haughty" PIAST, Queen of Sweden, Norway & Denmark
(Abt 970-)
Cte Richard I "Sans Peur" DE NORMANDIE
Gunnora D' ARQUES, Duchess of Normandy
(Abt 950-1031)
Canute (Cnut) II "The Great" SVENSSON, King of England
(Abt 995-1035)
Gunhild (Æthelfryth) KNÚTSDÓTTIR
(Abt 1020-1038)


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Heinrich III VON SACHSEN, King of Germany, Holy Roman Emperor

  • Beatrix VON SACHSEN, Abbess of Quedlinburg and Gandersheim

Gunhild (Æthelfryth) KNÚTSDÓTTIR

  • Born: Abt 1020
  • Married: 29 Jun 1036, Nijmegen, Gelderland
  • Died: 18 Jul 1038, Italy
  • Buried: Limburg Klosterkirche

  Research Notes:

Guillaume of Jumièges records that, after the death of “Edelredus rex”, “Emmam reginam” married “rex...Chunutus...Christiano more”, and names their children “Hardechunutum postmodum regem Danorum et filiam...Gunnildem quæ nupsit Henrico Romanorum Imperatori”. Adam of Bremen records that the daughter of King Knud married "imperator filio suo". Her parentage is stated by Orderic Vitalis, who also refers to her marriage. Wipo names "Chnutonis regis Anglorum filiam, nomine Chunehildem" as wife of "Heinricus rex, filius imperatoris" when recording their marriage in 1036. The Annalista Saxo records that the wife of King Heinrich III was "filiam Cnud regis Danorum", specifying that the marriage was arranged by Unwan Archbishop of Bremen, although this seems unlikely as Archbishop Unwan died in 1029. Herimannus names "Chunihildem, Cnutonis Danorum et Anglorum regis filiam" when recording her marriage to "Heinricus rex, filius imperatoris" in 1036.

She adopted the name KUNIGUND on her marriage. The Chronicle of Alberic de Trois-Fontaines records that "uxor imperatoris Henrici Gunhildis imperatrix de Anglia" was accused of adultery, that she was defended in trial by combat, but that after her champion's victory she disdained the success and became a nun. William of Malmesbury also recounts that she was accused of adultery and retired to a convent.

She died during her husband's expedition to Italy, the death of "regina Conihild" being recorded in the Annalista Saxo "XV Kal Aug". The necrology of Speyer records the death "XV Kal Aug" of "Cunehilt regina". 1

  Marriage Information:

Gunhilda- married Heinrich III VON SACHSEN, King of Germany, Holy Roman Emperor, son of Konrad II VON FRANCONIA, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Germany, and Gisele VON SCHWABEN, Duchess of Swabia, on 29 Jun 1036 in Nijmegen, Gelderland. (Heinrich III VON SACHSEN was born on 28 Oct 1017 in Bodfeld, Hartz, Germany and died on 5 Oct 1056 in Burg Bodfeld im Harz, Germany.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Gunhild [Æthelfryth].

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