English History 1020 – 1029

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Cnut the Great

 

This timeline gives a chronological listing of the main events in English History for the years 1020 – 1029

The monarch for this period was Cnut

 

 

1020 (early)
Having secured the Danish throne, Cnut returned to England.
1021 (November)
Thorkell and his wife were banished from England. It is not known why this happened save that there must have been a serious disagreement between Thorkell and Cnut. Earl Godwin of Wessex took Thorkell’s place as advisor to Cnut.
1022 (during)
King Cnut stationed himself on the Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight was the traditional defence station of England so it seems likely that Cnut was expecting an attack on the South of England. (Possibly from the banished Thorkell.)
1023 (during)
Cnut and Thorkell were reconciled. Thorkell went to Denmark taking with him Cnut’s son while Thorkell’s son remained with Cnut in England.
1026 (during)
Battle of Helgea
A combined Norwegian and Swedish force launched an attack on Denmark. Cnut responded by sending a combined English and Danish fleet. Despite heavy casualties the battle was won by Cnut.
1026 (during)
A son, Tostig, was born to Earl Godwin and his wife.
1027 (Easter)
Cnut travelled to Rome to witness the coronation of Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor. The Holy Roman Emperor was ruler of a group of states known as the Holy Roman Empire which roughly correspond to modern day Germany.
1028 (during)
A son, William, was born to Robert Duke of Normandy and his mistress Herleva of Falaise. He was know as William the Bastard because he was illegitimate. He would later be known as William the Conqueror.
1028 (Summer)
Cnut took a fleet of 50 ships and sailed to attack Norway. King Olaf Haraldsson of Norway knew that he was outnumbered and so decided to stand down rather than engage in a battle he was sure to lose. Cnut took control of Norway and proclaimed himself King.
1028 (late Summer)
Cnut appointed his son, Harthacnut, regent of Denmark and his kinsman, Earl Hakon Eriksson regent of Norway.
1029 (Autumn)
Earl Hakon Eriksson, regent in Norway was returning to Norway from England when his ship sank and he was drowned.
1029 (late Autumn)
Cnut’s illegitimate son, Swein, by his mistress Aelfgifu, was appointed regent in Norway.

1010 – 1019 <<   >> 1030 – 1039

 

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2016). English History 1020 – 1029. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/english-history-1020-1029. Last accessed September 17th, 2018

 

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