He supported his regime by summoning knights and burgesses to parliament, and by claiming he was rescuing the English from the domination of foreigners.This was an important period in the development of parliament and of English national feeling.In addition, charters, epitaphs and the remarkable Encomium Emmae Reginae – a lavishly illustrated document recounting events involving Cnut and his queen, Emma of Normandy – reveal how the women themselves might have wished to be remembered.
Normandy has long been a place of high art and culture, too, especially beside the River Seine.
It also has much about the surrounding area, and overlaps in terms of phraseology with another chronicle (only surviving in fragmentary later copy), which was certainly written at Pershore.
It is almost certain, therefore, that the comes from Pershore.
History records these women primarily because they married powerful men, forming politically significant unions.
Gunnor’s marriage to Duke Richard I of Normandy sometime after 968 helped consolidate ducal power at a time when his influence did not extend much beyond the area centred on Rouen in the east of the region.