English History 1040 – 1049

Harold HarefootHarthacnutEdward the ConfessorThis timeline gives a chronological listing of the main events in English History for the years 1040 – 1049

The monarchs for this period were:
Harold I 1040
Harthacnut 1040 – 1042
Edward the Confessor from 1042

1040 (17th March)
King Harold I (known as Harefoot) died at the age of 24 years. The exact cause of his death is unknown but it is thought to be from natural causes.
1040 (18th March)
Harold I’s half-brother Harthacnut was appointed King of England.
1040 (17th June)
Harthacnut, son and heir of King Cnut, who had been unable to leave Denmark and take the English throne when his father died, landed at Sandwich in the South of England to claim the throne.
1040 (late)
Harthacnut imposed a very high taxation which people found very difficult to pay. He became very unpopular.
1041 (during)
Edward, known as the Confessor, son of Aethelred and Emma, returned to England from exile in Normandy. He was nominated as heir to Harthacnut.
1041 (4th May)
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.
1046 (during)
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.
1048 (during)
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.
1049 (during)
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.


Published Jul 30, 2016 @ 10:10 – Updated – Jun 17, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2016 – 2020). English History 1040 – 1049. Available: https://www.totallytimelines.com/english-history-1040-1049. Last accessed August 23rd, 2021