|Birth: ||unknown, Denmark|
|Death: ||Feb. 3, 1014, Denmark|
Scandinavian king of the 10th century, born around 960 A.D.
Sweyn I of Denmark, or Sweyn Forkbeard, was King of Denmark and England, as well as parts of Norway. He was a Viking leader and the father of Canute the Great. On his father Harald Bluetooth's death in late 986 or early 987, he became King of Denmark; in 1000, with allegiance of the Trondejarl, Erik of Lade, he was ruler over most of Norway. After a long effort at conquest, and shortly before his death, in 1013 he became King of England. For the last months of his life, he was the Danish sovereign of a North Sea empire, which only his son Cnut was to rival in northern Europe.
Created by: Frank K.
Record added: Dec 04, 2007
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