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  1. Sweyn Forkbeard - Wikipedia

    A coin of Sweyn Forkbeard, minted in 995; this is the earliest known coin with a Latin inscription minted in Scandinavia, based on Anglo-Saxon models and made by an English moneyer (obv.: ZVEN REX AD DENER "Sven, king of [or among] the Danes", rev.: GOD-WINE M-AN D-NER "Godwine, moneyer among the Danes").

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      Historiographical sources on Sweyn's life include the...

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      Sweyn had eight children with Sigrid the Haughty and Gunhild...

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      King Sweyn Forkbeard is played by Ernest Graves in the 1970...

  2. Sweyn I of Denmark - Simple English Wikipedia, the free ...

    Sweyn I, or Sweyn Forkbeard, (c 960 - 3 February 1014) was King of Denmark from about 985-3 February 1014 and King of England from 25 December 1013-3 February 1014. Sweyn's father was Harald Bluetooth, King of Denmark. Sweyn invaded England many times between 990 and 1013, when his army took control of London on Christmas day.

    • 986-3 February 1014 (Denmark), 999- 2 February 1014 (Norway), 1013-3 February 1014 (England)
    • Roskilde Cathedral
  3. Talk:Sweyn Forkbeard - Wikipedia

    after doing a google search (not just books, though, didnt want to resrtict to just recent publications found on Google) sweyn+forkbeard=14,600, swein+forkbeard=505 and svend+forkbeard=657 so I reckon that's maybe not so dated as we reckoned, and in English it is convention to call him that. so...-- Ciriii 17:48, 20 July 2006 (UTC)

    • Revolt and Possible Exile
    • Battle of Svolder
    • Religion
    • Invasions of England

    In the mid-980s, Sweyn re­volted against his fa­ther and seized the throne. Har­ald was dri­ven into exile and died shortly af­ter­wards in No­vem­ber 986 or 987. Adam of Bre­men de­picted Sweyn as a re­bel­lious pagan who per­se­cuted Chris­tians, be­trayed his fa­ther and ex­pelled Ger­man bish­ops from Sca­nia and Zealand. Ac­cord­ing to Adam, Sweyn was sent into exile by his fa­ther's Ger­man friends and de­posed in favour of king Eric the Vic­to­ri­ous of Swe­den, whom Adam wrote ruled Den­mark until his death in 994 or 995. Sørensen (2001) ar­gues that Adam's de­pic­tion of Sweyn may be overly neg­a­tive, as seen through an "un­sym­pa­thetic and in­tol­er­ant eye". Adam's ac­count is thus not seen as en­tirely re­li­able; the claimed 14-years' exile of Sweyn to Scot­land does not seem to agree with Sweyn's build­ing churches in Den­mark through­out the same pe­riod, in­clud­ing the churches in Lund and Roskilde.Ac­cord­ing to Adam, Sweyn was pun­ished by God for lead­ing the u...

    Har­ald Blue­tooth had al­ready es­tab­lished a foothold in Nor­way, con­trol­ling Vikenin c. 970.He may, how­ever, have lost con­trol over his Nor­we­gian claims fol­low­ing his de­feat against a Ger­man army in 974. Sweyn built an al­liance with Swedish king Olof Skötko­nung and Eirik Hákonar­son, Jarl of Lade, against Nor­we­gian king Olaf Tryg­gva­son. The Kings' sagas as­cribe the causes of the al­liance to Olaf Tryg­gva­son's ill-fated mar­riage pro­posal to Sigrid the Haughty and his prob­lem­atic mar­riage to Thyri, sis­ter of Svein Fork­beard. The al­lies at­tacked and de­feated king Olaf in the west­ern Baltic Sea when he was sail­ing home from an ex­pe­di­tion, in the Bat­tle of Svolder, fought in Sep­tem­ber of ei­ther 999 or 1000. The vic­tors di­vided Nor­way among them. Ac­cord­ing to the ac­count of the Heim­skringla, Sweyn re-gained di­rect con­trol of Viken dis­trict. King Olaf of Swe­den re­ceived four dis­tricts in Trond­heim as well as Møre, Roms­dal and Rånrike...

    King Sweyn en­listed priests and bish­ops from Eng­land rather than from the Arch­bish­opric of Bre­men. This may have been a rea­son for Adam of Bre­men's ap­par­ent hos­til­ity in his ac­counts. Nu­mer­ous con­verted priests of Dan­ish ori­gin from the Danelaw lived in Eng­land, while Sweyn had few con­nec­tions to Ger­many or its priests.By al­low­ing Eng­lish ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal in­flu­ence in his king­dom, he was spurn­ing the Ham­burg-Bre­menarch­bishop. Since Ger­man bish­ops were an in­te­gral part of the sec­u­lar state, Sweyn's pref­er­ence for the Eng­lish church may have been a po­lit­i­cal move. He sought to pre-empt any threat against his in­de­pen­dence posed by the Ger­man kings.

    The "Chron­i­cle of John of Walling­ford" (c. 1225–1250) records Sweyn's in­volve­ment in raids against Eng­land dur­ing 1002–1005, 1006–1007, and 1009–1012 to avenge the St. Brice's Day mas­sacre of Eng­land's Dan­ish in­hab­i­tants in No­vem­ber 1002. Ac­cord­ing to Ash­ley (1998), Sweyn's in­va­sion was partly mo­ti­vated by the mas­sacre of Danes in Eng­land or­dered by Aethelred the Un­ready in 1002, in which his sis­ter and brother-in-law are said to have been killed.but Lund (2001) ar­gues that the main mo­ti­va­tion for the raids was more likely the prospect of revenue. Sweyn cam­paigned in Wes­sex and East An­glia in 1003–1004, but a famine forced him to re­turn to Den­mark in 1005. Fur­ther raids took place in 1006–1007, and in 1009–1012 Thorkell the Tall led a Viking in­va­sion into Eng­land. Simon Keynes re­gards it as un­cer­tain whether Sweyn sup­ported these in­va­sions, but "what­ever the case, he was quick to ex­ploit the dis­rup­tion caused by the ac­tiv­i­ties of...

  4. Sweyn Forkbeard - Wikipedia

    Sweyn Forkbeard (Auld Norse: Sveinn Tjúguskegg; 960 - 3 Februar 1014) wis keeng o Denmark an Ingland, as well as pairts o Norawa.

  5. Category:Sweyn Forkbeard - Wikimedia Commons

    Feb 01, 2020 · From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository Media in category "Sweyn Forkbeard" The following 19 files are in this category, out of 19 total. 049-King Sweyn sailing up the Thames.png 1,567 × 2,058; 3.6 MB

  6. Sweyn Forkbeard | History Wiki | Fandom
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    Family and early life

    Many details about Sweyn's life are contested. Scholars disagree about the various, too often contradictory, accounts of his life given in sources from this era of history, such as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Adam of Bremen's Deeds of the Bishops of Hamburg, and the Heimskringla, a 13th-century work by Icelandic author Snorri Sturluson. Conflicting accounts of Sweyn's later life also appear in the Encomium Emmae Reginae, an 11th-century Latin encomium in honour of his son king Cnut's queen Emm...

    Invasions of England

    The "Chronicle of John of Wallingford" (ca. 1225–1250) records Sweyn's involvement in raids against England during 1002–1005, 1006–1007, and 1009–1012 to revenge the St. Brice's Day massacre of England's Danish inhabitants in November 1002. Sweyn was believed to have had a personal interest in the atrocities, with his sister Gunhildeand her husband possibly amongst the victims. Sweyn campaigned in Wessex and East Anglia in 1003–1004, but a famine forced him to return to Denmark in 1005. Furth...

    On the northern edges of the relatively recent Holy Roman Empire, with its roots in Charlemagne's conquests about two hundred years prior to Sweyn's time, Sweyn Forkbeard had coins made with an image in his likeness. The Latininscription on the coins read, "ZVEN REX AD DENER", which translates as "Sven, king of the Danes". Sweyn's father, Harald Bluetooth, was the first of the Scandinavian kings to accept Christianity officially, in the early or mid-960s. According to Adam of Bremen, an 11th-century historian, Harald's son Sweyn was baptised Otto, in tribute to the German king Otto I, who was the first Holy Roman Emperor. Forkbeard is never known to have officially made use of this Christian name.

    Adam of Bremen's writings about Sweyn and his father may have been influenced by Adam's desire to emphasise Sweyn's father Harald as a candidate for sainthood. He claimed that Sweyn, who was baptised along with his father, was a heathen.. This may have been true, as much of Scandinavia was paganat the time, but there are no data to corroborate the assertion. German and French records support that Harald Bluetooth was baptised. According to Adam, Sweyn was punished by God for leading the uprising which led to king Harald's death, and had to spend "fourteen years" abroad – perhaps a Biblical reference from an ecclesiasticalwriter, as it refers to the symbolic number seven. Adam purports that Sweyn was shunned by all those with whom he sought refuge, but was finally allowed to live for a while in Scotland. Adam's intention appeared to be to show that Sweyn belonged with heathens and was not fit to rule a Christian country. According to Adam, Sweyn only achieved success as a ruler after...

    Sweyn had eight children with Sigrid the Haughty and Gunhild of Wenden: 1. Harald 2. Cnut 3. Gytha 4. Gunnhild 5. Santslaue 6. Thyra 7. Estrid 8. daughter (name unknown)

    • c. 960 Denmark
    • Sweyn Forkbeard
    • Harald II, Cnut the Great
    • Danish
  7. Sweyn I Forkbeard - The Viking Age Archive

    Sep 15, 2018 · Sweyn Forkbeard (Source: Wikipedia). SweynI Haraldsson is better known as Sweyn Forkbeard, or Svend Tveskaeg. He is born in the 960s CE, but the exact date of birth is unknown. As a Danish prince, he leads an eventful life and becomes one of the most powerful European kings of his time.

  8. Sweyn II of Denmark - Wikipedia

    Sweyn was born in England, as the son of Ulf Thorgilsson and Estrid Svendsdatter, the latter of whom was the daughter of King Sweyn I Forkbeard and sister of Kings Harald II and Canute the Great. Sweyn grew up a military leader, and served under king Anund Jacob of Sweden for a time.

  9. Edmund Ironside - Wikipedia

    England was conquered by Sweyn Forkbeard at the end of the same year, but he died shortly thereafter, paving the way for Æthelred to return to the throne, which he did, but not without opposition. Sweyn's son, Cnut, was defeated and returned to Denmark , where he assembled an invasion force to re-conquer England.

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