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1000s in England

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Events from the 1000s in England.



Monarch - Æthelred the Unready


  • 1000
  • English fleet invades the Isle of Man.
  • English invasion of Cumbria fails.
  • Heroic poem The Battle of Maldon composed.
  • 1001
  • First Battle of Alton: English fail to repel Viking raiders.
  • Battle of Pinhoe (Devon): English fail to repel Viking raiders.
  • Edward the Martyr canonised.
  • 1002
  • 8 January - Wulfsige III, Bishop of Sherborne, dies and is succeeded by Æthelric.
  • £24,000 of Danegeld paid to the Vikings in return for them leaving England.
  • King Æthelred the Unready marries (as his second wife) Emma, daughter of Richard I, Duke of Normandy, who receives her predecessor's Anglo-Saxon name, Ælfgifu.
  • 13 November - St. Brice's Day massacre: Æthelred orders the deaths of leading Danes in England.
  • 1003
  • Sweyn Forkbeard, King of Denmark, invades England in retaliation for the St. Brice's Day massacre.
  • 1004
  • Vikings raid Devon and East Anglia.
  • 1005
  • 16 November - Ælfric, Archbishop of Canterbury, dies, leaving ships to the people of Wiltshire and Kent in his will, with his best, equipped for sixty men, going to King Æthelred.
  • Continued Viking raids on southern England.
  • 1006
  • Ælfheah enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury.
  • Vikings raid south-eastern England from the Isle of Wight to Reading and spend the winter at Wallingford.
  • 1007
  • £36,000 of Danegeld paid to the Vikings in return for them not raiding England for two years.
  • 1008
  • Æthelred and Archbishop Wulfstan of York pass laws for the protection of Christianity in England.
  • 1009
  • New English fleet assembled.
  • 1 August - Vikings occupy Sandwich, Kent, attack London, and burn Oxford.
  • Births

  • 1003/1004
  • King Edward the Confessor (died 1066)
  • 1004
  • Princess Goda of England (died 1055)
  • Deaths

  • 1000/1001
  • 17 November - Ælfthryth, queen consort of England (born c. 945)
  • 1005
  • 16 November - Ælfric of Abingdon, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • References

    1000s in England Wikipedia