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1040s in England

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Events from the 1040s in England.



Monarch - Harold Harefoot (to 17 March 1040), Harthacanute (to 8 June 1042), Edward the Confessor


  • 1040
  • 17 March - Harold Harefoot dies.
  • June - Harthacnut lands at Sandwich, Kent, and becomes King of England.
  • 1041
  • Rebellion in Worcester against Harthacnut's naval taxes.
  • Siward, Earl of Northumbria, murders Eadwulf III of Bamburgh with the connivance of Harthacnut, incorporating Bernicia into his Earldom of Northumbria.
  • Edward the Confessor returns from exile to become the heir of Harthacnut.
  • 1042
  • 8 June - Harthacnut dies at a feast and is succeeded by his half-brother Edward the Confessor as King.
  • Encomium Emmae, a biography of Queen Emma of Normandy, is completed.
  • 1043
  • 3 April - Coronation of Edward the Confessor at Winchester Cathedral.
  • 16 November - Queen Emma accused of treason and her ally Stigand, Bishop of East Anglia, is dismissed.
  • Earl Leofric of Mercia founds Coventry Abbey; according to legend, his wife Godiva rides naked through the town in protest at taxes to fund the abbey.
  • 1044
  • King Edward pardons Emma and Stigand.
  • 1045
  • Marriage of King Edward and Edith of Wessex.
  • 1046
  • Earl Sweyn Godwinson is exiled after kidnapping the Abbess of Leominster during an invasion of south Wales.
  • Ealdred, Bishop of Worcester, leads troops on an unsuccessful punitive raid against Welsh leaders Gruffydd ap Rhydderch, Rhys ap Rhydderch and Gruffydd ap Llywelyn.
  • Exeter Book of poetic riddles completed.
  • 1047
  • 1048
  • Last Viking raid on England; unsuccessful raiders flee to Flanders.
  • King Edward goes to war against Flanders, blockading the English Channel with a fleet based at Sandwich.
  • 1049
  • Sweyn Godwinson returns from exile, murders his cousin, and is exiled again.
  • Births

  • Cristina, daughter of Edward the Exile
  • 1045
  • Saint Margaret of Scotland daughter of Edgar Ætheling (died 1093)
  • Deaths

  • 1040
  • 17 March - King Harold Harefoot (born c. 1015)
  • 14 August - King Duncan I of Scotland (born ca. 1001)
  • 1042
  • 8 June - King Harthacanute (born 1018)
  • References

    1040s in England Wikipedia