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Gyða Sveinsdóttir

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Gyða Sveinsdóttir was a tenth-century Danish princess and daughter of King Sveinn Forkbeard. She is mentioned in Heimskringla as the wife of jarl Eiríkr Hákonsson.[1] Peter Sawyer considered that she "must have been the result of an earlier, unrecorded liaison," rather than a legitimate child, and estimates the date of her marriage at 997.[2] She is assumed to be the mother of Eiríkr's son Hákon Eiríksson.[3]


  1. Snorri Sturluson: Heimksringla (PDF). Translated by Finlay, Alison; Faulkes, Anthony. p. 438. Search this book on
  2. "Swein [Sveinn Haraldsson, Sveinn Tjúguskegg, Swein Forkbeard] (d. 1014), king of England and of Denmark". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/26830. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. M. K. Lawson, Cnut: England's Viking King (2004), p. 93

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