Edith of Wessex

Wilton House
Wilton House - photo © John Goodall, May 2005

Edith of Wessex, (c. 1029 – December 19, 1075), was brought up at Wilton Nunnery (now occupied by Wilton House). She married King Edward the Confessor of England in 1045. The marriage produced no children because Edward took a vow of celibacy. Upon Edward's death, in January 1066, he was succeeded by Edith's brother, Harold Godwinson.

Edith was the daughter of Godwin, Earl of Wessex, one of the most powerful men in England at the time of King Edward's rule.

Her mother Gytha Thorkelsdóttir was daughter to Torkel Styrbjörnsson, granddaughter to Styrbjörn Starke and Tyra and great-granddaughter to both Olof (II) Björnsson and his sister Gyrid by Harold I of Denmark.

Carola Hicks, an art historian, has recently put her forward as a candidate for the author of the Bayeux Tapestry. (Carola Hicks, The Bayeux Tapestry: The Life of a Masterpiece, ISBN 0701174633)

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