Royalty. Born the only daughter of King Canute I and Emma of Normandy. She was betrothed to Heinrich of Germany in 1035 to strengthen a peace contract between their fathers. Even after Canutes death Konrad II upheld the contract to secure the borders to the north. Their wedding was celebrated in 1036 in Nijmwegen where she was also crowned German queen. She is described as frail and sickly but her marriage seems to have been happy. After spending the winter 1036/37 in Regensburg she traveled with her husband and his parents to Italy where Konrad had been asked to intervene in a territorial dispute between two nobles. During the campaign she gave birth to her only child Beatrix. On the way back to Germany the army was seized by an epidemic. Gunhild died not far away from Parma. Her embalmed body was brought to Germany by Heinrich and his mother. The emperor was already too sick to accompany them. It is possible that she was buried in Limburg instead of Speyer because she had not been crowned empress.