Thursday, January 21, 2010

Oldest remains of British royal found

A rather lurid headline, but an interesting story nonetheless. The remains of English princess Eadgyth of Wessex, who was born in 910 and was "the Princess Diana of her day," were found entombed under a 16th century monument in a German cathedral. Records show that Eadgyth (pronounced Edith) died around age 36 after marrying King Otto the 1st of Germany and bearing him two children. Eadgyth was also the granddaughter of Alfred the Great. Tests were done on the remains, as well as the tomb, by the University of Bristol, and results were announced yesterday in a half-day conference entitled "Princess Eadgyth of Wessex and Her World."

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