Styrbjörn "Sterki/the Strong" ÓLÁFSSON, Prince of Sweden
Thyra HARALDSDÓTTIR, Queen of Norway
(Abt 947-1000)
Thorgils "Sprakalägg" STYRBJÖRNSSON
Gytha THORGILSDÓTTIR, Princess of Denmark
(-Aft 1069)


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Earl Godwin DE WESSEX

Gytha THORGILSDÓTTIR, Princess of Denmark

  • Born: Denmark
  • Married: 1019
  • Died: After 1069, Saint-Omer, Flanders

  Research Notes:

Adam of Bremen records that "Wolf sororem" married "duci Gudvino", and was mother of "ducis Suein, Tostin et Haroldum [genuit parricidas]", although this last reference is unexplained. She is named by Florence of Worcester. Her origin is deduced from Ulf Jarl of Denmark being described as the uncle of her son Svein by Florence of Worcester. Morkinskinna names “Gytha, the daughter of Thorgils sprakaleggr and the sister of Jarl Úlfr” as the wife of “Godwin”. Orderic Vitalis records that, after the rebellion of [her grandsons] the sons of King Harold, “Gisa Goduini uxor, Heraldi genitrix” secretly took a great treasure (“ingentem gazam clanculum”) and crossed “in Galliam”. Florence of Worcester records that "Gytha…comitissa…mater Haroldi regis Anglorum ac soror Suani regis Danorum" fled to Flanders, in a passage dealing with events in early 1068.

She became a nun at Saint-Omer. 1

  Marriage Information:

Gytha married Earl Godwin DE WESSEX, son of Wulfnoth "Child" DE SUSSEX, Nobleman, in 1019. (Godwin DE WESSEX was born about 993 in Sussex, England and died on 15 Apr 1053 in Winchester, Hampshire, England.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Gytha.

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