A follower on Twitter suggested an article on ten royal medieval weddings after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I thought, why not? Could be fun. Please know this is not a “top ten” list. The marriages are in no particular sequence of importance and are listed in chronological order. I’ve relied on only one particular criteria in choosing these events. Which marriages had significant political consequences?
Emma of Normandy, Wife of Aethelred the Unready and the Viking King Cnut
Emma of Normandy was a real powerhouse. King Aethelred of England was besieged by Vikings and was searching for alliances to provide badly needed cash, men and resources to fight the invaders. Emma, the sister of Duke Richard II of Normandy, fit the bill. He offered her marriage…
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