Remains may be of English princess

Associated Press / January 21, 2010

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LONDON - She was a beautiful English princess who married one of Europe’s most powerful monarchs and dazzled subjects with her charity and charm.

Now an international team of scientists thinks it has found the remains of Princess Eadgyth (pronounced Edith), a 10th-century noblewoman who has been compared to Princess Diana.

“She was a very, very popular person,’’ said Mark Horton, an archeology professor at Bristol University. “She was sort of the Diana of her day if you like - pretty and full of good works.’’

Horton is one of the scientists working to verify the identity of bones found bundled in silk at Magdeburg Cathedral in Germany.

Should the skeleton be positively identified as belonging to Eadgyth, it would be the oldest remains of any English royal discovered so far. The bones of various Saxon royals in Winchester Cathedral in southern England come close, but they are so jumbled together that no single person can be identified.

Eadgyth married Duke Otto of Saxony, who became the first ruler of the Holy Roman Empire.

The skeleton was uncovered as part of a wider research project into Magdeburg Cathedral, about 90 miles west of Berlin.