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The life of an Anglo-Saxon princess
Guardian UK ^ | 17 June 2010 | Michael Wood

Posted on 07/17/2010 2:40:51 PM PDT by Lorianne

The unearthing of Eadgyth, the Anglo-Saxon princess, was an emotional moment for historian Michael Wood. She was the Diana of the dark ages – charismatic, with the common touch ___ For anyone interested in the kings and queens of England it was a touching moment last year to see the heavy tomb cover lifted in Magdeburg Cathedral. The inscription said the occupant was Eadgyth, queen of the Germans, the Anglo-Saxon granddaughter of Alfred the Great, sister of Athelstan the first king of a united England. But was it really her? Now the results of the scientific examination are through: isotopes from her tooth enamel confirm that this early medieval woman, a regular horse rider who died in her mid-30s, had indeed spent her first years in southern England. It is her, after all.

She was aged, perhaps, 35 or 36, the same as a famous modern English princess, and, needless to say, Diana comparisons have been made in the last few months. In German sources, our only real clues to her life, it seems she was just as charismatic. She was in her late teens in autumn 929, when an embassy came to England from Germany seeking a bride for Otto, son of Henry I, the founder of the medieval German empire, the First Reich. Unlike the Third Reich, English relations with the First were close and often warm: Germany had been Christianised by English missionaries such as Boniface and they still liked to say they were "of one blood", their languages still close enough to understand each other.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: 10thcentury; alfredthegreat; ancientautopsies; eadgyth; england; germany; godsgravesglyphs; magdeburgcathedral; princesseadgyth; saxony; uk; unitedkingdom

1 posted on 07/17/2010 2:40:55 PM PDT by Lorianne
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Thank you for posting this. I learned something new today.

2 posted on 07/17/2010 3:31:18 PM PDT by cayuga (The only good Socialist is a dead Socialist. We obviously need more good ones.)
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I double posted this article.
Please reply to the other one

3 posted on 07/17/2010 3:56:12 PM PDT by Lorianne
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