Helgea, Battle of 1026

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THE BATTLE OF HELGEA

unknown date 1026

SUMMARY

This was a naval battle fought between Cnut of England and Denmark and a combined Swedish and Norwegian force

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BACKGROUND

Cnut had taken the English throne in 1016 becoming ruler of both England and Denmark. While Cnut was in England the Swedes and Norwegians had launched a series of raids on Denmark. Cnut responded by launching a combined English and Danish naval force

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LOCATION

River Helgea, Sweden

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THE ANGLO SAXONS AND DANES

Led by
Cnut the Great

Supported by
Earl Ulf

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THE SWEDES AND NORWEGIANS

Led by
Olaf Haraldsson and Anund Jacob

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RESULT

Cnut managed to force the Swedes and Norwegians but he suffered great losses.

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CONSEQUENCE

Cnut was secure in Denmark and the dominant force in Scandinavia

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