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Sweyn Forkbeard

960 - 1014

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Sweyn Forkbeard (Old Norse: Sveinn Haraldsson tjúguskegg [ˈswɛinː ˈhɑrˌɑldsˌson ˈtjuːɣoˌskeɡː]; Danish: Svend Tveskæg; 17 April 963 – 3 February 1014) was King of Denmark from 986 until his death, King of England for five weeks from December 1013 until his death, and King of Norway from 999/1000 until 1013/14. He was the father of King Harald II of Denmark, King Cnut the Great, and Queen Estrid Svendsdatter.In the mid-980s, Sweyn revolted against his father, Harald Bluetooth, and seized the throne. Harald was driven into exile and died shortly afterwards in November 986 or 987. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sweyn Forkbeard has received more than 2,892,870 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Sweyn Forkbeard is the 636th most popular politician (up from 664th in 2019), the 20th most popular biography from Denmark (up from 21st in 2019) and the 9th most popular Danish Politician.

Sweyn Forkbeard was the king of Denmark from 1014-1018. He invaded England in 1013 and became king of England in 1014. He ruled for three years before he was defeated by Edmund Ironside and forced to flee back to Denmark.

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Among politicians, Sweyn Forkbeard ranks 636 out of 15,577Before him are Grigory Potemkin, Licinius, Hideki Tojo, Michael of Russia, James Monroe, and Ngo Dinh Diem. After him are Lucius Tarquinius Priscus, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Ptolemy II Philadelphus, Christian II of Denmark, and Philip I of France.

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Among people born in 960, Sweyn Forkbeard ranks 1After him are Theophanu, Constantine VIII, Seongjong of Goryeo, Henry V, Duke of Bavaria, Gotthard of Hildesheim, Abu Nasr Mansur, Bagrat III of Georgia, Fulbert of Chartres, Gershom ben Judah, Adelaide, Abbess of Vilich, and Bernward of Hildesheim. Among people deceased in 1014, Sweyn Forkbeard ranks 2Before him is Murasaki Shikibu. After him are Samuel of Bulgaria, Sigrid the Haughty, Bagrat III of Georgia, Brian Boru, Al-Hakim al-Nishapuri, and Rajaraja I.

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In Denmark

Among people born in Denmark, Sweyn Forkbeard ranks 20 out of 893Before him are Karen Blixen (1885), Lili Elbe (1882), Margaret I of Denmark (1353), Frederick IX of Denmark (1899), Gorm the Old (900), and George I of Greece (1845). After him are Christian II of Denmark (1481), Hjalmar Schacht (1877), Alexandra of Denmark (1844), Henrik Pontoppidan (1857), Christian X of Denmark (1870), and Christian IV of Denmark (1577).

Among POLITICIANS In Denmark

Among politicians born in Denmark, Sweyn Forkbeard ranks 9Before him are Cnut the Great (995), Christian VII of Denmark (1749), Margaret I of Denmark (1353), Frederick IX of Denmark (1899), Gorm the Old (900), and George I of Greece (1845). After him are Christian II of Denmark (1481), Alexandra of Denmark (1844), Christian X of Denmark (1870), Christian IV of Denmark (1577), Frederick VI of Denmark (1768), and Frederick VIII of Denmark (1843).