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King of Denmark
Reign 1035 – 8 June 1042
Predecessor Cnut the Great
Successor Magnus the Good
King of England
Reign 17 March 1040 – 8 June 1042
Predecessor Harold Harefoot
Successor Edward the Confessor
Born c. 1018
Died 8 June 1042 (aged 23–24)
Lambeth, England
House Jelling
Father Cnut the Great
Mother Emma of Normandy
Religion Catholicism

Harthacnut (Danish: Hardeknud; "Tough-knot"; c. 1018 – 8 June 1042), sometimes referred to as Canute III, was King of Denmark from 1035 to 1042 and King of England from 1040 to 1042.

He was the son of King Cnut the Great (who ruled Denmark, Norway, and England) and Emma of Normandy. When Cnut died in 1035, Harthacnut struggled to retain his father's possessions. Magnus I took control of Norway, but Harthacnut succeeded as King of Denmark and became King of England in 1040 after the death of his half-brother Harold Harefoot.

Harthacnut died suddenly in 1042 and was succeeded by Magnus in Denmark and Edward the Confessor in England. Harthacnut was the last Dane to rule England.

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