Estrid Margarete of Denmark

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Estrid Margarete of Denmark

Birthplace: Danmark
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Svend Tveskaeg
Wife of Ulf I Torgilsson (Wulfsige)
Fiancée of Richard II "the Good", Duke of Normandy

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About Estrid Margarete of Denmark

Astrid Sveynsdottir was born circa 997. She was the daughter of Sveyn I 'Forkbeard' Haraldsson, King of Denmark and England and Sigrid 'the Haughty' (?).2,3 She married Richard II, 4th Duc de Normandie, son of Richard I, 3rd Duc de Normandie and Gunnor de Crêpon, between 1017 and 1027.1 She married Ulf Thorgilson, Earl in England, son of Thorgils 'Sprakalegg' Styrbjornson and Sigrid of Halland, circa 1018.3 She and Richard II, 4th Duc de Normandie were divorced before 1024.3 She was also known as Estrith.1 She was also known as Margaret.1 Children of Astrid Sveynsdottir and Ulf Thorgilson, Earl in England Beorn (?) , Earl of Danish Marcia3 d. 1049 Osbeorn (?)3 d. c 1086 Svend II Estrithson, King of Denmark+2 b. c 1019, d. 29 Apr 1076 Citations [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 26. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families. [S38] John Morby, Dynasties of the World: a chronological and genealogical handbook (Oxford, Oxfordshire, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1989), page 149. Hereinafter cited as Dynasties of the World. [S106] Royal Genealogies Website (ROYAL92.GED), online Hereinafter cited as Royal Genealogies Website. --- -Dotter, -Datter, -Dottir are all the same ending, meaning "daughter" in Scandinavia, and attached behind the father's first name. A woman kept her birth name all her life and did not take on her husband's last name as her own until about 100-200 years ago.

Wikipedia: She was reportedly married briefly to an unnamed Russian Prince, who died following the Russian war after the death of grand prince Vladmir in 1015. After her brother's elevation to the throne of England, he made an agreement with Richard II of Normandy that Estrid was to marry Richard's son Robert. It is not known whether this marriage ever took place. Historiarum libri quinque reported that an unnamed sister of Cnut married Robert, but Adam of Bremen reports a marriage of Estrid (calling her Margaret) to Richard II, indicating that after he went to Jerusalem she married Ulf, yet although Richard never went to Jerusalem Robert did. Norman sources do not mention such a marriage for either duke, and historians have disagree whether it was a short-lived marriage, a betrothal, or a result of confusion.