The medieval kings of Denmark were the descendants of a specific woman. Who was she?
#101262. Asked by Pagiedamon. (Nov 25 08 4:04 PM)
Gorm the Old is traditionally regarded as the first king of Denmark, though there were other kings in that region before him.
He married Thyra and a long line of Danish kings proceeds from that union. However, it is interesting that the kings are all described as having descended from their father the king, with no specific mention of the mother. One can only presume that Thyra, being the wife, is the mother of this long line of Danish kings starting in the Middle Ages.
"Gorm married Thyra, the daughter of one of the regional chiefs, probably from southern Jutland... Thyra was the daughter of Aethelred, King of England according to the Gesta Danorum. Gorm raised one of the great burial mounds at Jelling for her and the oldest Jelling stones to her. Gorm was the father of two sons, Canute (Knud) and Harald, later King Harald Bluetooth."
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