Person:Gytha Thorkelsdóttir (1)

Gytha Thorkelsdóttir
b.abt 998 Halland, Sweden
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Name Gytha Thorkelsdóttir
Gender Female
Birth? abt 998 Halland, Sweden
Death? 1018 Saint-Omer, Pas-de-Calais, France
Reference Number? Q2634369?
Marriage 1019 Of Halland, Swedento Godwin Wulfnothsson, Earl of Wessex
Alt Death? aft 1067 Saint-Omer, Pas-de-Calais, France

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Gytha Thorkelsdóttir (997 – c. 1069), also called Githa, was the daughter of Thorgil Sprakling (also called Thorkel). She married the Anglo-Saxon nobleman Godwin of Wessex.

They had a large family together, of whom five sons became earls at one time or another, three remaining earls in 1066:

  1. Sweyn Godwinson, Earl of Herefordshire, (c. 1020 - 1052), at some point he declared himself an illegitimate son of Canute the Great but this is considered to be a false claim
  2. Harold II of England, (c. 1022 – October 14, 1066)
  3. Edith of Wessex, (c. 1025 - December 19, 1075), queen consort of Edward the Confessor
  4. Tostig Godwinson, Earl of Northumbria (c. 1026 – September 25, 1066)
  5. Gyrth Godwinson, (c. 1030 – October 14, 1066)
  6. Gunhilda of Wessex, a nun (c. 1035–1080)
  7. Leofwine Godwinson, Earl of Kent (c. 1035 – October 14, 1066)
  8. Ælfgifu of Wessex, (c. 1035)
  9. Wulfnoth Godwinson, (c. 1040–1094)

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.

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  1.   Gytha Thorkelsdóttir, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2.   Gytha (?), in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.