Gyda of Sweden

Gyda of Sweden

Gyda (Guda or Gunhild) Anundsdotter of Sweden, (d. 1048 or 1049), was a mediavel Swedish princess and Danish queen, queen consort of King Sweyn II of Denmark.


There is little information about Gyda. She was the daughter of King Anund Jacob of Sweden and Queen Gunhild of Sweden. Some sources, however, claim that Anund and Gunhild did not have any children. It is possible that she was the daughter of Anund and another woman. She was in 1047 or 1048 married to King Sweyn of Denmark. After about a year of marriage, she died. There is not known which, if any, of the children of Sweyn was also the children of Gyda. After the death of her father in 1050, Sweyn married her mother, but they were soon forced to separate by the church.

Gyda has in history often been confused and mixed up with her mother (or step-mother) Gunhild, as their names were similar and because they were both married to Sweyn. Consequently, she is said to have been forced to divorce Sweyn and move back to Sweden, were she became the founder of Gudhem convent in 1052. Both of them have also been called Gunhild, Guda or Gyda.


* Alf Henriksson, "Danmarks historia".


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