Ethelred’s Marriage with Emma of Normandy

Book 2, Chapter 9, Edward 975 AD to 1016 AD – Ethelred

 

Fortunately for Ethelred, the Danes suddenly ceased for a short time from their attacks upon England, in order to assist their kinsmen, the Normans, and Ethelred, who had become a widower, bethought him of strengthening his position by marrying Emma, the sister of Robert II, Duke of Normandy. The union took place in the spring of 1002, and if any good results were expected to accrue from it, in averting the repeated and ruinous attacks of the Danes, those expectations were blasted by a cruel and tragic act which immediately afterwards was perpetrated.


Chapter 9, Edward the Martyr

Edward, Commonly Styled “the Martyr”

Elfrida’s Intrigues

Chapter 9, Ethelred

Reign of Ethelred

Dunstan’s Prophecy

Condition of the Country

Anglo-Saxons and Anglo-Danes

Fresh Attacks by the Northmen

They are Bribed to Depart

Origin of the Danegeld

Ethelred’s Marriage with Emma of Normandy

Massacre of the Danes

Chapter 9, Sweyn’s Revenge

Sweyn’s Vengeance

Murder of Archbishop Alphege

Levy for a Fleet

Chapter 9, Thurkill Ravages England

Its Failure

A Contemporary Picture

Sweyn prepares for the Conquest of England

Sweyn Dies and’ is Followed by Canute

Ethelred’s Flight and Return

Chapter 9, Edmund Ironside

Death of Ethelred

Divisions and Treachery among the English

Edmund Ironside Proclaimed King

Successive Battles with Canute

Partition of the Country

Brief Reign of Edmund

Authorities



Categories: Book 2

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