1017 (The People's Chronology)
King Canute divides England into four earldoms, and while Edric is restored to an earldom he is found untrustworthy and put to death.
Castile's Count Sancho García dies and is succeeded by his son, who will reign as Sancho García II until his assassination in 1029.
Egypt's "mad" Fatimid caliph al-Hakim begins to encourage the teachings of Ismaili missionaries who profess to believe that he is the incarnation of divinity. They include notably one Muhammad ibn Ismail ad-Darazi, from whose name and teachings the Druse (Druze) religion will arise, claiming to supersede Islam. The 32-year-old Hamzah ibn Ali has arrived in Egypt to preach the new faith and becomes a spokesman for the caliph's religious convictions, but so much resistance arises to the new doctrine that Hamzah ibn Ali goes into hiding and will not surface again for 2 years.