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|King of England|
|Reign||November 12, 1035 – March 17, 1040|
|Died||March 17, 1040|
|Place of death||England|
|Buried||St Clement Danes, Westminster, England|
|Predecessor||Canute the Great|
|Father||Canute the Great|
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.
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.
- The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, 1035 – 40, M. Swanton translation (1996).
Canute the Great
|King of England
1035 – 1040