the Death of Svein Forkbeard
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9348) 4 years ago
This would be Sweyn Forkbeard, son of Harold Bluetooth, who drove Ethelred the Unready from the English throne. No thanks to the ever treacherous Thorkell the Tall. It was Forkbeard’s son, Cnute Sweynson, a.k.a. Cnut the Great, who decisively defeated Edmund Ironside at Assandun, Essex, in 1016.

“Death of Svein Forkbeard”
HISTORY TODAY
Volume 64 Issue 2 February 2014
http://www.historytoday.c...-forkbeard
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+13770) 4 years ago
Now there's some news you can use.

If Svein Forkbeard were in the primaries, he'd get my vote.
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1909) 4 years ago
I love the Viking period in "English" history, if only because of the WONDERFUL names. Nobody named "Ted."
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Posted by Bridgier (+8297) 4 years ago
I think it would have been spelled Thaed, with one of those weird "ae" hybrid letters in the middle. And possibly a thorn at the beginning.
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Posted by Hal Neumann (+9348) 4 years ago
It’s easy to see where the Monty Python crew came up with their material. They simply read history and there it was.
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