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'''Harthacanute''' (c.1019-1042), [[king]] of [[England]] (1040-1042), was the son of king [[Canute]] by his second wife and the younger half-brother of [[Harold Harefoot]] whom he succeeded.  
 
'''Harthacanute''' (c.1019-1042), [[king]] of [[England]] (1040-1042), was the son of king [[Canute]] by his second wife and the younger half-brother of [[Harold Harefoot]] whom he succeeded.  
  
 
He is not well remembered. The "[[Anglo-Saxon Chronicle]]" tells that he desecrated his brother’s body, was an oath-breaker, set punitive taxes, and “''let all of Worcestershire be harried''” when two of his tax collectors were murdered. “''…he never did a kingly thing while he ruled.''” it complained. His sudden death, in mid-carouse, at a wedding feast brought his anointed successor, [[Edward the Confessor]] to the throne.
 
He is not well remembered. The "[[Anglo-Saxon Chronicle]]" tells that he desecrated his brother’s body, was an oath-breaker, set punitive taxes, and “''let all of Worcestershire be harried''” when two of his tax collectors were murdered. “''…he never did a kingly thing while he ruled.''” it complained. His sudden death, in mid-carouse, at a wedding feast brought his anointed successor, [[Edward the Confessor]] to the throne.
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Reference:  “Anglo-Saxon Chronicle”  trans.  Anne Savage
  
 
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Latest revision as of 19:52, 14 March 2013


Harthacanute (c.1019-1042), king of England (1040-1042), was the son of king Canute by his second wife and the younger half-brother of Harold Harefoot whom he succeeded.

He is not well remembered. The "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle" tells that he desecrated his brother’s body, was an oath-breaker, set punitive taxes, and “let all of Worcestershire be harried” when two of his tax collectors were murdered. “…he never did a kingly thing while he ruled.” it complained. His sudden death, in mid-carouse, at a wedding feast brought his anointed successor, Edward the Confessor to the throne.

Reference: “Anglo-Saxon Chronicle” trans. Anne Savage