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    Tomb of the Saxon Queen Eadgyth Discovered (Alfred's Granddaughter)

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    The crumbling remains of Alfred the Great's granddaughter - a Saxon princess who married one of the most powerful men in Europe - have been unearthed more than 1,000 years after her death.

    The almost intact bones of Queen Eadgyth - the early English form of Edith - were discovered wrapped in silk, inside a lead coffin in a German cathedral.

    Eadgyth - one of the oldest members of the English royal family - was given in marriage to the influential Holy Roman Emperor Otto I and lived in Germany until her death in 946AD, aged 36.



    Yesterday, British archaeologists involved in the find hailed it as 'one of the most exciting historical discoveries in recent years'.

    The bones have now been brought back to Eadgyth's native Wessex for scientific tests to fully confirm her identity.

    Queen Eadgyth lived at the dawn of the English nation.

    Her grandfather Alfred the Great was the first monarch to style himself King of the Anglo Saxons, while her step-brother Athelstan was the first King of the English.

    Her bones were unearthed at Madgeburg Cathedral in Germany. The preliminary findings will be announced at a conference at the University of Bristol today.
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    Professor Mark Horton of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Bristol said it was 'very likely' to be the Queen.

    He went on: 'If we can prove this truly is Eadgyth, this will be one of the most exciting historical discoveries in recent years.'

    Eadgyth was aged 19 when she was sent to Germany with her sister Adiva in an attempt to build political bridges.

    The German ruler Otto I was asked to choose between the sisters - and opted to marry Eadgyth.

    His queen bore two children: a girl Liutgarde, who married Conrad the Red; and a boy Liudolf, the Duke of Swabia.

    Eadgyth lived in Saxony, Germany, until her death when she was buried in a monastery in Madgeburg.

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    Hmmm.This is very interesting.I would like to know the genetic make-up of this individual.

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    Genetic makeup?

    To me they look black..Big lips, kinkie hair, curled like watch springs...And dark paint on their face?...If the person making these statutes did it like them, they were black...Neither are German, or English...

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    Fabulous news and what a fascinating family! I felt bad for Edgiva, the sister Otto I (future Holy Roman Emperor) rejected. She went on to marry Charles the Simple, King of the West Frankish Kingdom, but he was eventually imprisoned and held captive until his death.
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