Harold Harefoot

1016 - 1040

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Harold I (died 17 March 1040), also known as Harold Harefoot, was regent of England from 1035 to 1037 and King of the English from 1037 to 1040. Harold's nickname "Harefoot" is first recorded as "Harefoh" or "Harefah" in the twelfth century in the history of Ely Abbey, and according to some late medieval chroniclers it meant that he was "fleet of foot". The son of Cnut the Great and Ælfgifu of Northampton, Harold was elected regent of England following the death of his father in 1035. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harold Harefoot has received more than 2,555,009 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Harold Harefoot is the 17th most popular nobleman (up from 20th in 2019), the 65th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 77th in 2019) and the 7th most popular British Nobleman.

Harold Harefoot is most famous for being a King of England from 1035 to 1040. He was the son of Æthelred the Unready and Emma of Normandy.

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Among noblemen, Harold Harefoot ranks 17 out of 1,415Before him are Akihito, Lucrezia Borgia, William the Conqueror, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and Charles, Prince of Wales. After him are Juan Carlos I of Spain, Marie Thérèse of France, Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, Lucretia, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, and Eleanor of Aquitaine.

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Among people born in 1016, Harold Harefoot ranks 1After him are Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor, Robert Guiscard, Ferdinand I of León, Béla I of Hungary, Casimir I the Restorer, Emperor Xingzong of Liao, Deokjong of Goryeo, Edward the Exile, Naropa, Svein Knutsson, and Amadeus I, Count of Savoy. Among people deceased in 1040, Harold Harefoot ranks 1After him are Duncan I of Scotland, Fulk III, Count of Anjou, Alan III, Duke of Brittany, Ælfgifu of Northampton, and Renauld I, Count of Nevers.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Harold Harefoot ranks 65 out of 8,785Before him are Herbert Spencer (1820), Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930), William Wallace (1270), Edward Jenner (1749), Virginia Woolf (1882), and Charles, Prince of Wales (1948). After him are Thomas Robert Malthus (1766), Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857), John Stuart Mill (1806), Alex Ferguson (1941), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), and Edward Heath (1916).

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