Gytha (Thorgilsdatter) Wessex

Gytha (Thorgilsdatter) Wessex (abt. 1000 - aft. 1069)

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Gytha Wessex formerly Thorgilsdatter
Born about [location unknown]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Hålland, Jamtland, Swedenmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Flandersmap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Sep 2011
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Categories: Nuns | House of Wessex.

GYTHA (married c.1019 - after 1069 St Omer).

Estimated birth 1000.



The parents listed for this individual are speculative and may not be based on sound genealogical research. Sources to prove or disprove this ancestry are needed. Please contact the Profile Manager or leave information on the bulletin board.

Adam of Bremen:

  • "Wolf sororem" m. "duci Gudvino", and was mother of "ducis Suein, Tostin et Haroldum [genuit parricidas]".

Florence of Worcester:

  • origin deduced from Ulf Jarl of Denmark being described as the uncle of her son Svein.
  • "Gytha…comitissa…mater Haroldi regis Anglorum ac soror Suani regis Danorum" fled to Flanders, in a passage dealing with events in early 1068


  • “Gytha, the daughter of Thorgils sprakaleggr and the sister of Jarl Úlfr” as the wife of “Godwin”

Orderic Vitalis:

  • after rebellion of her grandsons, sons of King Harold, “Gisa Goduini uxor, Heraldi genitrix” secretly took a great treasure (“ingentem gazam clanculum”) and crossed “in Galliam”.


m (1019) GODWIN Earl of Wessex, son of WULFNOTH "Cild" & his wife --- ([993]-Winchester 15 Apr 1053, bur Winchester Old Minster).

  • Ælfgifu of Wessex, (c. 1035)
  • Edith of Wessex, (d. Dec 19, 1075), consort of Edward the Confessor
  • Gunhilda of Wessex, nun (c. 1035–1080)
  • Gyrth Godwinson, (c. 1030 – Oct 14, 1066)
  • Harold II of England, (c. 1022 – Oct 14, 1066)
  • Leofwine Godwinson, Earl of Kent (c. 1035 – Oct 14, 1066)
  • Sweyn Godwinson, Earl of Herefordshire, (d. 1052), at some point he declared himself an illegitimate son of Canute the Great but this is considered to be a false claim
  • Tostig Godwinson, Earl of Northumbria (c. 1026 – September 25, 1066)
  • Wulfnoth Godwinson, (c. 1040–1094)[1]

Harold and Tostig, faced each other at the Battle of Stamford Bridge, where Tostig was killed. Less than a month later, three of her sons, Harold, Gyrth, and Leofwine, were killed at the Battle of Hastings.

Shortly after the Battle of Hastings, Gytha was living in Exeter and may have been the cause of that city's rebellion against William the Conqueror in 1067, which resulted in his laying siege to the city.[2] She pleaded unsuccessfully with him for the return of the body of her slain son, king Harold. According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Gytha left England after the Norman conquest, together with the wives or widows and families of other prominent Anglo-Saxons, all the Godwin family estates having been confiscated by William. Little else is known of Gytha's life after that time, although it is probable that she went to Scandinavia (as her granddaughter and namesake), where she had relatives.


  • nun at Saint-Omer


  1. prisoner in Normandy until Conqueror's d. 1087. Only her eldest daughter, Queen Edith (d. 1075), still held some power (however nominal) as the widow of Edward the Confessor. [1]

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Gyntha Thorkelsdottir Image 1
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CAUTION! House of Godwin pedigree (Searle, 1899)
CAUTION! House of Godwin pedigree (Searle, 1899)


On 28 May 2018 at 12:55 GMT Jack Day wrote:

Her estimated marriage year being 1019, she could not have been born the same year, so I re-estimated her birth as 1000.

On 30 Sep 2017 at 07:13 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:

Not sure she was ever professed as a nun

On 30 Sep 2017 at 07:10 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:

Ann Williams, ‘Godwine , earl of Wessex (d. 1053)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 30 Sept 2017 Says she was daughter of Thorgils Sprakalegg and sister of Ulv. Married about 1022. Date of her death is nowhere recorded (presumably place isn't known either)

On 3 Sep 2017 at 19:03 GMT Diane (Leroux) Depatie wrote:

Can Wikidata be used as a source - tertiary? birth c 1022 Sweden

On 22 Apr 2017 at 06:17 GMT Sarah (Murtaugh) Heiney wrote:

UNKNOWN-76931 and Thorgilsdatter-3 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate (with rest of family)

On 22 May 2014 at 06:42 GMT Darrell Parker wrote:

Thorgilsdottir-6 and Thorgilsdatter-3 appear to represent the same person because: maybe same person

On 25 Apr 2014 at 02:30 GMT Diane (Leroux) Depatie wrote:

Thorgilsson-27 and Thorgilsdatter-3 appear to represent the same person because: Please review, also Thorgilsdottir-6 are all the same person & married off to Godwine of Mercia by her father Thorkel. AKA Thorkelsdottir. Sister of Earl Ulf Regent of Denmark. Her father Thorkel was AKA Torkel, Torgils or Thorgil. King Canute married her off to his favourite Godwine, Earl of Wessex. Had a large family of at least 10 or 11 children.

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