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Sweyn, King of England

Sweyn, King of England

Male - 1035    Has no ancestors but 4 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Sweyn  
    Suffix King of England 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1035 
    • King of Denmark abt 0988-1014, King of England 1016-1035

      The son of a Danish king, Sweyn 'Forkbeard' began conquering territory in England in 1003, effectively devastating much of southern and midland England. The English nobility became so disillusioned with their existing king, Ethelred 'The Unready', that they acknowledged Sweyn as king in 1013. Sweyn's reign was short, as he died in 1014, but his son Canute the Great soon returned and reclaimed control of England.


      Sweyn was the son of Harold "Gormsson", king of the Danes and the man who "made the Danes Christian". Such was the opposition to King Harold and the imposition of the new religion, that Sweyn led a revolt against him, becoming king of Denmark in his place in about 988.

      Sweyn raided England in 994, but he was not secure enough in Denmark to attempt a full scale conquest. Gradually the raids became bigger and more threatening and Sweyn was able to extract larger tribute from the English king, Aethelred. The tribibute money, which became known as Danegeld, was paid in 994, 1002, 1005 and 1012 and paid for Sweyn's fleet. From 1009 onwards Sweyn's aim was not just raiding but conquest, and a succession of campaigns ended with Sweyn being recognized as king of England in 1013.

      His reign was brief however, for he died on 3 February 1014. His son, with whom he campaigned, was Cnut, king of England from 1016 to 1035.

    Person ID I3612  Roy~Royes
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2010 

    Family Gunhild, of Wenden
              b. Wenden, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. Canute, King of England 1016-1035
              b. 995, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 12 Nov 1035, Shaftesbury, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F1307  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S54] Official web site of the British Monarchy, Page33.