English History 1030 – 1039

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Cnut the GreatHarthacnutHarold I HarefootThis timeline gives a chronological listing of the main events in English History for the years 1030 – 1039

The monarchs for this period were:
Cnut to 1035
Harthacnut 1035 – 1037
Harold I (Harefoot) from 1037

c1030 (exact date unknown)
Earl Godwin was given control of Wessex by Cnut.
1030 (29th July)
Battle of Stiklestad
The displaced former King of Norway, Olaf Haraldsson, had heard of the death of the regent, Hakon Eriksson and returned to Norway with a small force to regain his throne. However, the English regent, Swein, put up a good defence and Olaf Haraldsson was killed in the ensuing battle.
1031 (during)
Cnut’s illegitimate son, Swein, was unpopular in Norway.
1034 (during)
A Norwegian deputation was sent to ask Magnus Olafsson, the young son of Olaf Haraldsson, to return to Norway and take the crown.
1035 (Autumn)
Magnus Olafsson returned to Norway with a Swedish army. Cnut’s regent was unable to raise an army to fight off the invasion so he and his mother fled to Denmark where they sought the protection of Swein’s half-brother Harthacnut. Magnus, nicknamed the Good, was subsequently crowned King of Norway.
1035 (12th November)
King Cnut died. His son, Harthacnut was nominated to take the English throne but the situation in Denmark where he was regent meant that he was unable to leave for England to take the throne. The English magnates made Harold Harefoot, second son of Cnut by his mistress, regent until Harthacnut could sail to England.
1035 (late December)
Alfred Aetheling, youngest son of Emma and Aethelred the Unready, arrived in England. It is thought that he planned to restore the throne to his family. After landing in England he marched to London. He was met at Guildford by Earl Godwin, the most powerful nobleman. However, Earl Godwin had not come to meet Alfred since he had allied himself to Harold Harefoot. Instead he seized Alfred, blinded him and then sent him to the monastery at Ely.
1036 (5th February)
Alfred Aetheling died at the monastery at Ely of his injuries.
1037 (during)
Harold Harefoot, illegitimate son of Cnut, regent of England for the absent Harthacnut, seized the English throne for himself and was crowned Harold I.
1037 (late)
Emma of Normandy, widow of Aethelred and Cnut was either exiled by Harold I or exiled herself to Bruges.
1038 (during)
Edward, eldest son of Aethelred and Emma of Normandy, paid a visit to his mother in Bruges.
1039 (during)
Harthacnut, son of Cnut and Emma of Normandy, paid his mother a visit in Bruges.

1020 – 1029 <<   >> 1040 – 1049


Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2016). English History 1030 – 1039. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/english-history-1030-1039 Last accessed June 16th, 2019


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