In 1013 Æthelred sent Emma of Normandy and her children to Normandy in the face of Sweyn's invasion. In 1015 Sweyn's son, Cnut invaded. Æthelred died in 1016, as did Edmund, his eldest son and heir. Emma held out in London, but it was agreed that her sons would go to Normandy and she would marry Cnut. It is thought the marriage was affectionate. Her two children by Cnut were Harthacnut and Gunhilda of Denmark. Emma showed a marked preference for Harthacnut over her English sons.
The Real Rollo Hrolf Ragnvaldsson, more commonly known as Rollo (and later Robert Of Normandy), lived between 846 and 931 CE. He was a Norse viking warlord who became the founder and first ruler of the Viking principality that would come to be called Normandy. It is theorised that he was the son of Ragnvald Eysteinsson, a Jarl of Western Norway. Rollo was known by the nickname “Ganger Hrolf” (Hrolf the Walker) because it was said he was so big no horse could carry him. Artwork by…
Emma of Normandy (985 - 1052). Queen of Denmark from 1017 until 1035, when her husband died. Queen of England from 1002 until 1013, then from 1014 to 1016, and lastly from 1017 until 1035. Queen of Norway from 1028 to 1035. She was married to Cnut the Great and had two children with him. She had previously been married to Ethelred the Unready of England and had three children with him.
Catherine of Aragon - the Spanish Queen consort of England as the first wife of King Henry VIII of England. When Henry married Anne, Catherine refused to accept Henry as Supreme Head of the Church of England and considered herself the King's rightful wife and Queen, attracting much popular sympathy.
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Robert le Magnifique Duc de Normandie, William the conqueror's father, was the great-great-grandson of Rollo the Ganger, Viking founder of Normandy. He was also a descendent of Charlemagne through his mother, Judith de Bretagne. 29 GGF paternal grandmother's side