Normandy, Emma

Birth Name Normandy, Emma
Gender female
Age at Death 70 years, 2 months, 5 days


Emma (c. 982-March 6, 1052), daughter of Richard I, Duke of Normandy, by his second wife Gunnora, was twice queen of England, by marriage first (1002-1016) to king Ethelred the Unready and then (1017-1035) to Canute, king also of Denmark and Norway.

Upon the Danish invasion of England in 1013, Emma took her sons by Ethelred - Alfred and Edward - to Normandy, where they remained upon her return to England to marry Canute, now king of England following the death of Ethelred and his son (her step-son) Edmund Ironside.

Following Canute's death, Alfred and Edward returned in 1036, possibly in an attempt to overthrow Canute's illegitimate son Harold Harefoot, who had established himself as ruler in the absence of Harthacanute, son of Canute and Emma. Alfred was captured and died after being blinded, while Edward escaped to Normandy, followed by his mother.

The death of Harold in 1040 and the accession of the more conciliatory Harthacanute paved the way for Edward's return to England the next year as co-ruler and (1042) king on Harthacanute's death. Emma returned to end her days at Winchester, Hampshire, where she was buried alongside Canute.

Emma's marriages and subsequent role forged the link between England and Normandy which was to culminate in her grandnephew William of Normandy's invasion of England in 1066.



Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 982 Normandie   1
Event Note

B: Abt. 982

Death 1052-03-06     2

Age: 70y


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Normandy, Richard I933-08-28996-11-20
Mother de Crepon, Gonnor9451031
    Brother     de Brienne, Godfrey 953 1015
    Brother     Normandy, Richard II 958 1026-08-28
    Brother     de Normandie, Robert 965 1037
    Brother     d'Eu, Geoffrey 967
    Sister     Rouen, Havlive 968 1034-02-21
    Brother     de Corbeil, Mauger 974 1040
    Sister     de Normandy, Beatrice about 975
         Normandy, Emma 982 1052-03-06
    Sister     of Normandy, Matilda 990 1015


Family of of England, Ethelred II and Normandy, Emma

Unknown Partner of England, Ethelred II ( * 968 + 1016-04-23 )
Name Birth Date Death Date
of England, Eldred994
of England, Alfred10021036
of England, Goda10041055