Saturday, October 14, 2006

England demands more women's names

So when Emma, daughter of Count Richard I of Rouen, married King Æthelred II ("the Unready") of England in 1002, she found that the English had trouble with her name. Instead, they called her Ælfgifu. She certainly enjoyed more status at court than the king's previous wife, Ælfgifu. But when Æthelred died in 1016, she married the conquerer, Cnut "the Great," King of Denmark, Norway, England, and "part of Sweden." She had to compete for his affections, however, with his previous concubine/wife, Ælfgifu.



At 3:30 AM, Anonymous Luke said...

Economic savings on royal wedding mugs?

At 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't even know how to pronounce that. And every time I see the name Cnut, well, you know.

At 4:39 AM, Blogger James said...

I don't even know how to pronounce that.

I am no expert, but if I recall correctly, the aesc (that's that a-e looking thing) is pronounced like the "a" in "hat." When f is next to a vowel, it sounds more like "v," and the u is more like the "u" in "full" or "pull." So it's something like Ath-el-giv-uh.


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