Gytha Thorkelsdottir 997 – 1067

Gytha Thorkelsdottir

Gytha Thorkelsdottir was born around 997 and died around 1067. She was the daughter of  Danish chieftan, Thorkel Sprakling. She married Earl Godwin of Wessex and they had eleven children. Earl Godwin rose to become the most powerful nobleman. Her eldest daughter, Edith, married Edward the Confessor. When Edward died in 1066 without an heir her son became King Harold II

 Family tree for Gytha, mother of Harold II showing:


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Heather Y Wheeler. (2017 – 2020). Gytha Thorkelsdottir 997 – 1067. Available: Last accessed September 7th, 2023