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23 January


1002 – Death of Otto III

Otto III was king of Germany, king of Italy and Holy Roman Emperor on his death. Officially, he had ruled for 19 years. But he was only 21 when he died on expedition in Italy. He had no wife or heirs.


1045 – Marriage of Edward the Confessor and Edith of Wessex.

Edward was the son of Æthelred the Unready and Emma of Normandy. He married Edith three years after he started his reign. She was the daughter of the mightiest earl in Wessex, Godwin and his Danish wife Gytha. Her brother Harold would be king of England when he died at the battle of Hastings.

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