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Sweyn

(swān), c.960–1014, king of Denmark (986–1014), son of Harold Bluetooth. Although baptized, he reverted to paganism and rebelled against his father, who was killed in battle. Sweyn was expelled shortly after his accession by the Swedish king Eric the Victorious, but his subsequent marriage to Eric's widow led to his restoration to the Danish throne and to an alliance with Sweden. At the battle of Svolder (1000) the Swedes and Danes defeated and killed King Olaf I of Norway and divided his kingdom. Sweyn had previously invaded England and exacted DanegeldDanegeld
, medieval land tax originally raised to buy off raiding Danes and later used for military expenditures. In England the tribute was first levied in 868, then in 871 by Alfred, and occasionally thereafter.
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 from King ÆthelredÆthelred,
965?–1016, king of England (978–1016), called Æthelred the Unready [Old Eng. unrœd=without counsel]. He was the son of Edgar and the half-brother of Edward the Martyr, whom he succeeded.
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. He invaded England again in 1003–4 and in 1013, when the English finally submitted and accepted him as king. He died before his coronation. His son CanuteCanute
, 995?–1035, king of England, Norway, and Denmark. The younger son of Sweyn of Denmark, Canute accompanied his father on the expedition of 1013 that invaded England and forced Æthelred to flee to Normandy.
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 succeeded him in England (1016) and Denmark (1018). The name also appears as Svein.
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Sweyn

known as Sweyn Forkbeard. died 1014, king of Denmark (?986--1014). He conquered England, forcing Ethelred II to flee (1013); father of Canute
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Despite the enormity of the Viking-imposed Danegeld, the English had an advantage over us of at least some sort of accounting from Olaf, Sweyn, and their successors.
This picture may have been that event in 1973 or it may have been a function organised by Sweyn's Eye themselves.
The poet is probably thinking of Sweyn, the eldest son, of whom William of Malmesbury says:(8)
The Anlaf of the story is probably the Norwegian Olaf (later King Olaf I Tryggvason), who, with Sweyn I Forkbeard of Denmark, harried the southern counties of England in 994.
Born about 968, the son of King Edgar and his second wife Elfthryth; became King after his older half-brother Edward (later Saint Edward the Martyr) was murdered while visiting him at Corfe Gate, Dorset (March 18, 978); his reign saw a recurrence of Danish raids after 980, and the failure of armed resistance led to the payment of the Danegeld to buy off the raiders (991); a weak monarch, he assented to the massacre of Danish settlers (November 1002) and so provoked a major Danish invasion by Sweyn in retribution (1003); fled to France after Sweyn was accepted as King (1013), but returned on Sweyn's death to dispute the succession with Canute (1014); died at London in the midst of war with Canute (April 23, 1016).
Corsairs such as Sweyn Asleifsson were active off the west coast as late as the mid-12th Century.
For it was on February 10, 1014, that viking warlord Sweyn Forkbeard, said to have been the founder of Swansea and former king of Denmark and England, died.
Joan Hobson decided to mke the gift in memory of her husband, the late Sweyn Hobson, who was a doctor for 55 years.
Father Maguire, a missionary priest who had spent time in South America, was found dead in the garage adjoining St Anne's chapel in Sweyn Road on Friday evening.
Barlow thinks that this second group refers to Sweyn, Godwin's eldest son, who abducted an abbess and murdered his cousin Beorn.
Principal wars: overthrow of Sweyn (1035); war against the Wends (1042-1043).