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Year 1042 (MXLII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.



  • April 18 or April 19 – Emperor Michael V of the Byzantine Empire attempts to remain sole emperor, by sending his adoptive mother and co-ruler Zoe of Byzantium to a monastery.
  • April 19 – Michael V of the Byzantine Empire is deposed by popular revolt. Zoe, Empress of the Byzantine Empire with co-rulers since 1028, becomes reigning empress with her sister Theodora.
  • June 8 – Edward the Confessor becomes King of England.
  • June 11 – Empress Zoe marries for the third time, and elevates her husband to the throne as Constantine IX.
  • George Maniaces, Byzantine general in Sicily, revolts against Constantine IX.
  • Harald III of Norway, at this time leader of the Varangian Guard in the Byzantine Empire, returns to Norway, possibly because of his involvement in Maniaces' revolt.
  • Magnus I of Norway becomes King of Denmark.
  • The Normans in Italy move their capital to Melfi.
  • Abad II succeeds his father to the throne of Sevilla.
  • Incursions by the Western Xia, and the threat of further Liao Dynasty military actions against the Song Dynasty, force an increase in tribute payments to the Liao.
  • The Almoravids, led by Abdullah Ibn Yasin, invade Morocco.
  • Byzantine-Arab Wars: The Byzantines conquer Edessa, returning it to Christian hands, after 400 years of Islamic rule.
  • Vladimir of Novgorod wages a campaign against the Tavastians (yem).
  • Births

  • Pope Urban II (d. 1099)
  • Deaths

  • June 8 – Harthacnut, King of Denmark and England
  • August 24 – Michael V, Byzantine Emperor (b. 1015)
  • References

    1042 Wikipedia