King of England, surnamed Harefoot. Harold was the younger of Canute's two sons by his first wife, Alfgiva. On the death of Canute in 1035, the witan bestowed upon Harold all the provinces north of the Thames; while the possession of Wessex in the south was given up to Canute's second wife, Emma, for her son Hardicanute. But in 1037 Wessex also submitted to Harold. Beyond a futile invasion of the country by Alfred, son of Ethelred, and raiding incursions by the Welsh and Scots, Harold's reign was marked by no events of importance. He died at Oxford in March 1040.
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