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Emma of Normandy

Powerful 11th-century Queen of England, married to two kings who happened to be arch enemies, and mother of kings.

Guest Hall of Henry II, Great Tower Royal Palace, Dover Castle, Kent, England, UK. 12th Century Norman Keep built by Henry II, designed by Maurice the Engineer (Mason). Period backcloth by RSN. Troubadour music: Alexandra Buckle, Oxford University. Medieval Guest Hall later used by garrison and Constable of Dover Castle. Listed Building and English Heritage site, also Scheduled Ancient Monument. Architecture and History; Tourism, Travel. More at www.panoramio.com...

Blanche of Castile (Blanca de Castilla in Spanish; 4 March 1188 – 26 November 1252), was a Queen consort of France as the wife of Louis VIII. She acted as regent twice during the reign of her son, Louis IX. She was born in Palencia, Spain, 1188, the third daughter of Alfonso VIII, king of Castile, and Eleanor of England. Eleanor was a daughter of Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Chess Piece in the Form of a Knight, English, c. 1250

The Vikings get a bad rap for being brutal mauraders, but just look at this beautiful carving.

The Vikings get a bad rap for being brutal mauraders, but just look at this beautiful carving.

Viking woman's dress, from the blog of "Mehloic", a Swedish SCA player. Sjal, kappa, sköldehamnshätta och lite av min mellanklänning för kalla event.

Emma's hairdo? (Except her hair was blonder.)

Viking Braided Ring Viking, Scandinavia or England 9-11th century

Ivanhoe-As knights battle to the death, the fate of England hangs in the balance. England is in turmoil--torn by fierce and bitter hatreds between Norman and Saxon. Rival claimants to the throne have plunged into bloody civil war. Price John--taking advantage of Richard's absence while fighting in the Crusades--plots to make himself crowned king. Richard returns and vows to take his revenge on John. But he will need a courageous and able warrior on his side--a warrior like Wilfred of Iv...

The Abingdon Labyrinth dates from the 11th century as an illustration in a book produced in Abingdon near Oxford, England. Although well known by labyrinth enthusiasts this design has never before existed in physical form in the town of its origin. As part of a major refurbishment project The Labyrinth Builders have now recreated this ancient design within St Michaels and All Angels Church in the town of Abingdon.

The Codex Aureus, England, 9th century. A bit before Emma's time, but she would certainly have recognized the style.

The Art of the Book - The Codex Aureus

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Viking Gargoyle Animal heads like this 11th century carving can be found throughout Ireland and England and display the powerful artistic contribution of the Viking culture to these countries.  The animal depicted is most likely a wolf, now vanished from these regions, but at one time an important animal in Celtic-Norse iconography.

SKIPTON CASTLE 11TH Century England

Imaging having your village raided by a crowd of men who look like this.

Typical Saxon loom

The Saxon Coronation Stone in Kingston Upon Thames the site of seven Anglo-saxon Monarchs Coronations from Edward the Elder 900Ad to Ethelred the Unready 979AD

Ethelred the Unready,MY 33RD GREAT GRANDFATHER 979-1013 & 1014-16 Ethelred, the younger son of Edgar, became king at the age of seven following the murder of his half-brother Edward II in 978 at Corfe Castle, Dorset, by his supporters.