Archaeologists in Magdeburg, Germany are about to open a stone tomb in the city’s cathedral that’s lain undisturbed for 500 years. It’s said that this monument contains the remains of Edith of England, Queen of Germany, 1,000 years ago. The researchers know, though, that the strong likelihood is that this ancient grave will be empty. But what they find when they open the lead coffin astonishes them.
We’ll find out what the archaeologists discovered in that ancient tomb in magnificent Magdeburg Cathedral shortly. But first let’s learn something about this Englishwoman who became the Queen of Germany in 936. In fact, Edith is a modernizing of her name. In Old English, it was the tongue-twisting Eadgyth. But we’ll stick with Edith.
Born into the House of Wessex in the year 910, Edith could hardly have had a more illustrious genealogy. Her father was Edward the Elder, the English king. Her mother, Ælfflæd, was Edward’s second wife. And her grandfather, Ælfflæd’s father, was King Alfred the Great, certainly one of the best-known of all the English monarchs.