Harald Hen (Hein), --1080, King of Denmark. Harald was an illegitimate son of Svend Estridsen and took part together with his brother Knud and his father-in-law Jarl Asbjørn in the expedition to England 1069.After Svend's death he was elected king at Isøre Thing, after he had promised the people certain laws. The election caused unrests and some of his brothers went displeased to Olaf Kyrre in Norway. The byname Hen, meaning a soft whetstone often smeared with oil (carried in the belt) was given to him caused by his somewhat dull and uncommunicative ,yet good-natured disposition, which easly accepted that others advised him. Those who counselled him must however have been clever men, which is seen in his popular laws - they were later ordered confirmed by the Danish kings at their election.There were other better conditions in the country, like the better system and the coinage. Harald died 17 april 1080 and was buried in Dalby church in Skåne - a headstone which the tradition assigned to Harald, is from a much later period. Note gb: He was married to Margrethe, a daughter of Asbjørn Jarl. She was his cousin. Asbjørn was his paternal uncle. Harald died childless. Ræder, Svend Estridsen og hans Sønner S. 273 f. A. D. Jørgensen, Den nord. Kirkes Grundlæggelse S. 746 f. Olrik, Konge og Præstestand I, 205 f.
Kilde: Dansk Biografisk Lexicon Carl Fr. Bricka Project Runeberg (1887-1905)
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