Agatha of Normandy


Agatha of Normandy

Agatha, mentioned by Ordericus Vitalis as one of the daughters of William I of England and Matilda of Flanders, Agatha, who had been betrothed to Harold II, was afterwards demanded in marriage by Alphonso VI of Castile and delivered to his proxies to be conducted to him. But she, who had lost her former spouse who was to her liking, felt extreme repugnance to marry another. The Englishman she had seen and loved, but the Spaniard she was more averse to because she had never set eyes on him. She therefore, fervently prayed to the Almighty that she might never be carried into Spain, but that he would rather take her to himself. Her prayers were heard, and she died a virgin while she was on the road. Her corpse was brought back to and interred in Bayeux in 1079.

* The Ecclesiastical History of Orderic Vitalis - Orderic Vitalis


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