Emma of Normandy

985 - 1052

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Emma of Normandy (referred to as Ælfgifu in royal documents; c. 984 – 6 March 1052) was a Norman-born noblewoman who became the English, Danish, and Norwegian queen through her marriages to the Anglo-Saxon king Æthelred the Unready and the Danish king Cnut the Great. A daughter of the Norman ruler Richard the Fearless and Gunnor, she was Queen of the English during her marriage to King Æthelred from 1002 to 1016, except during a brief interruption in 1013–14 when the Danish king Sweyn Forkbeard occupied the English throne. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emma of Normandy has received more than 2,138,294 page views. Her biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Emma of Normandy is the 128th most popular companion (down from 98th in 2019), the 641st most popular biography from France (down from 488th in 2019) and the 12th most popular French Companion.

Emma of Normandy was most famous for being the wife of King Ethelred II of England.

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Among companions, Emma of Normandy ranks 128 out of 784Before her are Carlota of Mexico, Maria Feodorovna, Marie of Anjou, Berengaria of Navarre, Mordred, and Mumtaz Mahal. After her are Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, Margaret of Burgundy, Queen of France, Anne Hathaway, and Juwayriyya bint al-Harith.

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Among people born in 985, Emma of Normandy ranks 2Before her is Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah. After her are Radbot of Klettgau, Adalbert, Margrave of Austria, Rodulfus Glaber, Boniface III, Margrave of Tuscany, Hamza ibn-'Ali ibn-Ahmad, Theobald II of Blois, and Eilmer of Malmesbury. Among people deceased in 1052, Emma of Normandy ranks 1After her are Bi Sheng, Vladimir of Novgorod, Fan Zhongyan, Boniface III, Margrave of Tuscany, and Guaimar IV of Salerno.

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In France

Among people born in France, Emma of Normandy ranks 641 out of 6,770Before her are Paul Doumer (1857), Albert Fert (1938), Chlodomer (495), Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (1741), Hugues de Payens (1074), and Guillaume de l'Hôpital (1661). After her are W. Somerset Maugham (1874), Ariovistus (-101), François Guizot (1787), Louis Blériot (1872), Maurice Chevalier (1888), and Hugh the Great (898).

Among COMPANIONS In France

Among companions born in France, Emma of Normandy ranks 12Before her are Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon (1635), Elisabeth of Valois (1545), Brigitte Macron (1953), Isabella of France (1295), Julie Clary (1771), and Marie of Anjou (1404). After her are Margaret of Burgundy, Queen of France (1290), Anne of Foix-Candale (1484), Charlotte of Savoy (1441), Claude of France (1499), Margaret of Provence (1221), and Joanna of Bourbon (1338).