Harthacnut sent representatives out to collect the tax he had imposed in 1040. The people of Worcestershire rose up in revolt against the tax and two of the King’s representatives were killed.
1041 (12th November)
Harthacnut ordered the sack of Worcester as a punishment to the people for killing two of his representatives. The destruction lasted for five days.
1042 (8th June)
Harthacnut, King of England and Denmark died. His half-brother, Edward, became King of England. Magnus Olafsson, King of Norway, took the throne of Denmark.
1042 (3rd April)
Edward, known as the Confessor, was crowned King of England at Winchester Cathedral.
1045 (23rd January)
King Edward married Edith, daughter of Earl Godwin of Wessex, the most powerful nobleman in the country.
Eadred, Bishop of Worcester, led an attack on Wales in retaliation for a number of raids on England by the Welsh leaders Gruffydd ap Rhydderch, Rhys ap Rhydderch and Gruffydd ap Llywelyn. The attack was unsuccessful.
1047 (10th August)
Battle of Val es Dunes William, duke of Normandy, supported by Henry I of France defeated rebel forces at Val es Dunes to secure his position as Duke of Normandy.
1047 (25th October)
King Magnus I of Denmark and Norway died. His son Sweyn became King of Denmark and his nephew Harald Hardrada became King of Norway.
The Viking chieftains, Lothen and Yrling, sailed with 25 ships and made a series of raids along the South-East coast. Sandwich and Thanet were raided.
The Welsh leader Gruffydd ap Rhydderch of Gwent allied with a band of Irish raiders and made a series of raids along the border with England. Bishop Eadred was unable to ward off the raids.