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Gytha Of England

English and Russian Royalty. Born Gytha Haraldsdóttir of Wessex, the eldest daughter of Harald II, King of England and Eadgyth Swanneshals. Upon the death of her father at the Battle of Hastings, Gytha fled with her aunt and grandmother to the island of Flatholme in the Bristol Channel. When her brothers failed in their attempt to regain their kingdom, they all retreated the court of their uncle, King Swein Estrodsson of Denmark. Her uncle contracted her marriage with Vladimir Monomakh, Prince of Kiev, and the couple had at least five children, and possibly as many as eleven, including four future Grand Princes of Kiev, one of whom was Mstislav the Great. The time and place of her death is in dispute, some sources indicate her death occurring in Kiev, others relate that she took holy orders and died in the Holy Land after following Geoffrey de Bouillon on the First Crusade. Her name has also been recorded as Gyda or Gyða.

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  • Originally Created by: girlofcelje
  • Added: 19 Nov 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8104488
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gytha Of England (c.1053–7 May 1107), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8104488, citing Saint Sophia's Cathedral, Kiev, City of Kiev, Ukraine ; Maintained by Find A Grave .