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Bones of King Canute's wife, who 'walked over hot metal to prove she did not cheat on him', have been discovered in chests at the UK's Winchester Cathedral

Bones of King Canute's wife, who 'walked over hot metal to prove she did not cheat on him', have been discovered in chests at the UK's Winchester Cathedral
 The bones of an 11th-century English queen are believed to have been discovered during research into a cathedral's secret treasures.


Remains found in six 1,000-year-old chests in Winchester Cathedral are thought to be those of Queen Emma, wife of two Anglo-Saxon kings.
Bones of King Canute's wife, who 'walked over hot metal to prove she did not cheat on him', have been discovered in chests at the UK's Winchester Cathedral

She was betrothed to King Ethelred The Unready and upon his death, married his successor, King Canute.

Emma is regarded as one of the most powerful queens in English history and was mother to two later kings: Edward the Confessor and King Harthacnut.

Canute is the man behind one of Britain's most enduring legends, of the king who tried to turn back the tide. 

Emma was a powerful landowner and power broker in the years before the Norman Conquest.

Her importance was such that she was the first queen whose portrait was painted by artists and immortalised in court records.

She has her own legend, in which she walked over red hot metal without harm to prove her marital fidelity.

If confirmed, the discovery would make Emma the second major royal figure whose body has been rediscovered in recent years.

The bones of the last Plantagenet king, Richard lll, killed in battle in 1485, were unearthed below a car park in Leicester in 2012.

Researchers are also hoping to find the tomb of the Norman King Henry I, which lies under the site of the destroyed Reading Abbey.

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