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Palermo Cathedral – The eventful birth of Constance of Hauteville

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Constance of Hauteville is buried inside Palermo Cathedral. The woman, who was Henry VI's wife, became pregnant very late, at the age of forty. This gave rise to many suspicions and slanders about her. It was thought that it was all a set-up and that she could not have a child of her own. When she was about to give birth, she left Germany to join her husband in Palermo and give him proof of her pregnancy, but when she arrived in Jesi, she was in labour. So, instead of taking her to a comfortable place, the queen ordered a large tent to be erected in the main square, where she could give birth in front of the whole town. On 26 December 1194 she gave birth to Constantine, who would later become famous as Frederick II.

Palermo Cathedral – The eventful birth of Constance of Hauteville

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