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King Harold the First
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Reigned 1035 - 1040 
Died 1040 

 

Who Would Do Such A Thing?

he legitimate heir to the thrown was now Harthacanute. Unfortunately he could not take his rightful position because of the Norwegian threat to Denmark. In his place, his half brother Harold I Harefoot acted as regent. Following the defeat of her first husband, Aethelred the Unready in 1013, Emma took her two children, Alfred and Edward to Normandy for safety. Here they grew up and were influenced by French culture and ways. She returned to England where she married Canute, leaving her children behind. In 1036, Alfred, known as the Aetheling, came to England to see his mother, possibly as a trap set up by Emma, who had no real love of the children she had with Aethelred. He was immediately arrested and his party slaughtered. There are two versions of what happened next. The first is that he was blinded and sent to Ely monastery, where he died very soon afterwards. The second was that he was blinded and murdered immediately on his arrival in England. The perpetrator was said to be Godwin, father of Harold II. He was always friendly with Canute who bestowed great power on him as Earl of Wessex. Emma was exiled soon after this episode. Godwin may have seen the visit of Alfred as a threat to his power base. The death of Alfred resulted in the coronation of Harold as king in 1037. It is assumed, not with the blessing of Harthacanute ( Hardicanute ). 

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Submitted 10th January 1998 .
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