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Sweyn Forkbeard (Old Norse: Sveinn Tjúguskegg Danish Sven Tveskæg; 960 - 3 February 1014) was king of Denmark and England, as well as parts of Norway. His name appears as Swegen in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. He was the son of King Harald Bluetooth of Denmark. He was the father of Cnut the Great.
In the mid 980s, Sweyn revolted against his father and seized the throne. Harald was driven into exile and died shortly afterwards in November 986 or 987. In 1000, with allegiance of the Trondejarl, Eric of Lade, Sweyn was ruler over most of Norway. After a long effort at conquest and shortly before his death, he became, in 1013, the first of the Danish Kings of England.