Harald II of Denmark

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Harald II
King of Denmark
Harald 2 ukendt kunstner 1685.jpg
17th century depiction of Harald II.
PredecessorSweyn Forkbeard
SuccessorCnut the Great
Bornc. 996–998
FatherSweyn Forkbeard
MotherŚwiętosława / Sigrid / Gunhild (detail)
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Harald II of Denmark (c. 996–998 − 1018) was King of Denmark from 1014 until his death in 1018.[1] He was the youngest son of Sweyn Forkbeard and Gunhild of Wenden,[2] and was regent while his father was fighting Ethelred the Unready in England. He inherited the Danish throne in 1014, and held it while his brother, the later king Cnut the Great conquered England.[3] After his death in 1018, he was succeeded by Cnut the Great. Little detail is known about Harald II.[1]


  1. ^ a b Kongerækken Archived 2009-11-18 at the Wayback Machine at The Danish Monarchy
  2. ^ Bricka, Carl Frederik, Dansk Biografisk Lexikon, vol. VII [Hansen - Holmsted], 1893, p.73. Available online
  3. ^ Harald 2. at Gyldendals Åbne Encyklopædi
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Sweyn Forkbeard
King of Denmark
Succeeded by
Canute the Great