Emma of Normandy and Cnut of Denmark are the only early medieval royal couple to be recorded on the cathedral‚Äôs mortuary chests, and they are also uniquely depicted together presenting a gold cross to the city‚Äôs New Minster. But their marriage was far from being a love match. The marriage of Emma and Cnut was a political and strategic union that changed the course of English history, but one in which their relationship and their views on each other are frustratingly opaque.
Barbara Yorke is Professor Emeritus of Early Medieval History at the University of Winchester and Honorary Professor of the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London.
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Please note revised start time for this lecture. ¬†It will now begin at 7.30pm.