Facts and Events
They had a large family together, of whom five sons became earls at one time or another, three remaining earls in 1066:
Two of their sons, Harold and Tostig, faced each other at the Battle of Stamford Bridge, where Tostig was killed. Less than a month later, three of her sons, Harold, Gyrth, and Leofwine, were killed at the Battle of Hastings.
Shortly after the Battle of Hastings, Gytha was living in Exeter and may have been the cause of that city's rebellion against William the Conqueror in 1067, which resulted in his laying siege to the city. She pleaded unsuccessfully with him for the return of the body of her slain son, king Harold. According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Gytha left England after the Norman conquest, together with the wives or widows and families of other prominent Anglo-Saxons, all the Godwin family estates having been confiscated by William. Little else is known of Gytha's life after that time, although it is probable that she went to Scandinavia (as her granddaughter and namesake), where she had relatives.
Her surviving (and youngest) son, Wulnoth, lived nearly all his life in captivity in Normandy until The Conqueror's death in 1087. Only her eldest daughter, Queen Edith (d. 1075), still held some power (however nominal) as the widow of Edward the Confessor.