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.
Reign 1014–1018
Predecessor Sweyn Forkbeard
Successor Cnut the Great
Died 1018
Father Sweyn Forkbeard
Mother Świętosława / Sigrid/ Gunhild (detail)

Harald II of Denmark (died 1018) was King of Denmark from 1014 until his death in 1018.[1] He was the eldest 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. 1.0 1.1 Kongerækken 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