English Monarch. Reigned from 1016 to 1035 Anno Domini. Remains of his bones are mixed in the chests above the choir of the Cathedral. Identification of the contents of these chests is impossible, however, because during the English civil war in the 17th century, Parliamentarian soldiers threw the original chests down to the ground and smashed them open. The bones were then used to smash the windows of the cathedral. At the restoration of the monarchy, the bones were gathered up and put, mixed up, into the present mortuary chests. Proclaimed king of all England shortly after the death of Edmund II, he also became King of Denmark on the death of his brother Harald in 1018. To avoid dynastic disputes he married Queen Emma, Ethelred the Unready's widow, who bore him a son, Hardicanute. His reign, after the initial conflict, was peaceful and brought stability to the realm.