Harthacnut (Danish: Hardeknud;[lower-alpha 1] "Tough-knot";[2] c.1018 – 8 June 1042), traditionally Hardicanute, sometimes referred to as Canute III, was King of Denmark from 1035 to 1042 and King of the English from 1040 to 1042.

Harthacnut in the 14th-century Genealogical Roll of the Kings of England
King of Denmark
Reign1035 – 8 June 1042[1]
PredecessorCnut the Great
SuccessorMagnus the Good
King of the English
Reign17 March 1040 – 8 June 1042
PredecessorHarold I
SuccessorEdward the Confessor
Bornc. 1018
Died8 June 1042 (aged 2324)
Lambeth, England
FatherCnut the Great
MotherEmma of Normandy

Harthacnut was the son of King Cnut the Great (who ruled Denmark, Norway, and England) and Emma of Normandy. When Cnut died in 1035, Harthacnut struggled to retain his father's possessions. Magnus I took control of Norway, but Harthacnut succeeded as King of Denmark and became King of England in 1040 after the death of his half-brother Harold Harefoot, king of England. Harthacnut himself died suddenly in 1042 and was succeeded by Magnus in Denmark and Edward the Confessor in England. Harthacnut was the last Dane to rule England.

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