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Harold Harefoot
King of England
Reign 12 November 1035 – 17 March 1040
Born c. 1015
Died March 17, 1040
Place of death England
Buried St Clement Danes, Westminster, England
Predecessor Canute the Great
Successor Harthacanute
Father Canute the Great
Mother Ælgifu

Harold Harefoot, also Harold I, (c. 1015 – 17 March 1040) was King of England from 1035 to 1040. He was said to be the son of Canute the Great, King of England, Denmark, Norway, and some of Sweden, by his wife Aelgifu of Northampton. There was skepticism about his being Canute's son.

Upon Canute's death (12 November 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. He 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.

Harold died at Oxford on 17 March 17 1040, just as Harthacanute was preparing an invasion force of Danes, and was buried at the abbey of Westminster.

Preceded by
Canute the Great
King of England
Succeeded by

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