Detail of a miniature of Queen Emma before an altar. British Library
Genealogical Chronicle of the English Kings: Detail from the roll of Cnut, king of England, Denmark, and Norway, and his sons Harald Harefoot and Harthacnut. British Library
|Miniature of King Cnut and Emma of Normandy before a large gold cross on an altar. British Library.|
Genealogical Chronicle of the English Kings: Rollo, Duke of Normandy, and his descendants, and William the Conqueror. British Library
Although the story is almost certainly a fabrication, Emma was eventually reconciled with Edward, although she enjoyed a much less exalted position as the king’s mother than she had when Harthacnut reigned. She eventually retired to her own estates, living away from the limelight until her death on 6 March 1052. She was buried in the old minster at Winchester, alongside her second husband, Cnut and her favourite son, Harthacnut. Emma’s story forms the basis for the book Encomium Emmae Reginae, which provides a significant insight into English politics for the first half of the 11th century.
Winchester Cathedral, Anne Marie Bouchard