1042 (The People's Chronology)
England's (and Denmark's) king Hardicanute dies at Lambeth June 8 at age 23 (approximate) and is buried in London's Westminster Cathedral after a 2-year reign during which he permitted last year's murder of Eardwulf, earl of Northumbria, who had supposedly been given safe conduct. A son of Ethelred's widow, Emma, and the late Ethelred II is recognized as king; now 42, he quickly seizes Emma's lands (she has plotted against his accession) and will reign until 1066 as Edward the Confessor, last of the Anglo-Saxon kings.
The German king Heinrich receives the homage of Burgundy.
Seville's Abu al-Qasim Muhammad ibn Abbad dies and is succeeded by his son Abu Amr Abbad, who is known as al-Mutaid and will reign until 1069 as the second Abbadid sultan, annexing minor kingdoms such as Mertola, Niebla, Huelva, Saltés, Silves, and Santa Maria de Algarve as he expands his realm (see 1053).
The Byzantine emperor Michael V Kalaphates shuts the empress Zoë up in a cloister, but the Constantinople nobility rises against him, locks him up in a monastery, and releases Zoë. She marries the scholarly Constantine IX Monomachus, 42, with whom she will reign until 1050.
The Seljuk Turks rise against their Byzantine overlords.