Harold Harefoot

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Harold Harefoot
King of England
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Reign November 12, 1035March 17, 1040
Born c. 1015
Died March 17, 1040
Place of death England
Buried St Clement Danes, Westminster, England
Predecessor Canute the Great
Successor Harthacanute
Father Canute the Great
Mother Ælgifu

Harold Harefoot, also Harold I, (c. 1015 – March 17, 1040) was King of England from 1035 to 1040. He was said to be the son of Canute the Great, King of England, of Denmark, of Norway, some of Sweden, by his wife Aelgifu of Northampton, although there was some skepticism that he was Canute's son.[1]

Upon Canute's death (November 12, 1035), Harold's younger half-brother Harthacanute, the son of Canute and his queen, Emma of Normandy, was legitimate heir to the thrones of both the Danes and the English, but was unable to travel to his coronation, because his Danish kingdom was under threat of invasion by King Magnus I of Norway and King Anund Jacob of Sweden. Therefore he was installed temporarily as regent though Godwin the Earl of Wessex and the Queen were against it.

Harold died at Oxford on March 17, 1040,[1] just as Harthacanute was preparing an invasion force of Danes, and was buried at the abbey of Westminster.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, 1035 – 40, M. Swanton translation (1996).

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Preceded by
Canute the Great
King of England
10351040
Succeeded by
Harthacanute