King Sweyn I Tjugeskjegg "Forkbeard" Haraldsson of Denmark
- Born: Bef 965, Denmark
- Christened: 985, Denmark
- Marriage: Gunhilda of Poland/ Sigríð the Haughty (Stórráða) of Poland Sweden Norway & Denmark Queen Of Sweden, Queen of Denmark in 998 in Denmark
- Died: 3 Feb 1014, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England
- Buried: 1014, Roskilde, Sjælland, Denmark
Another name for Sweyn was Otto (Christian name given when his father converted to Christianity).
King Sweyn I "Forkbeard" was Eric & Evan Obrock's 30th great-grandfather. His sister, Thyra Haraldsdatter, was 31st great-grandmother of Eric & Evan, through different descendants.
Sweyn Tjugeskjegg, or "Forkbeard", King of Denmark, son of Harold Bluetooth, succeeded his father in 986. The massacre of the Danes by Ethelred drew Sweyn to England, and by the end of 1013 he had conquered nearly the whole of that kingdom.
As Sweyn he is mentioned by Shakespeare in Macbeth. [World Wide Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1935] King Sweyn I the Forkbeard was King of Denmark from the time of his christening in 985 until his death in 1014. He was King of England from 1013-1014. From Wikipedia: Sweyn I "Forkbeard" (sometimes Svein Haraldsson; in Danish, Svend Tveskæg) (circa 965 - February 3, 1014) succeeded his father Harold I as king of Denmark in 986.
After recovering his throne (991) following a brief Swedish invasion, Sweyn established Danish control over a part of Norway (1000). After participating in a Norwegian-led raid against England in 994-995, Sweyn embarked on a series of full-scale invasions (1003-1005, 1006-1007, 1009-1012 and 1013) following the St. Brice's Day massacre of England's Danish inhabitants (November 1002). By December 1013 he was England's effective ruler following the flight to Normandy of king Ethelred the Unready.
Sweyn died at Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, having ruled England unopposed for only five weeks, and his body was returned to Denmark. He was succeeded as King of Denmark by his elder son, Harold II; the Danish fleet proclaimed his younger son Canute the Great as King of England, but they and he returned to Denmark, with Ethelred being restored. Later, Canute ruled in Denmark, England, Norway and some parts of northern Germany
Sweyn married Gunhilda of Poland/ Sigríð the Haughty (Stórráða) of Poland Sweden Norway & Denmark Queen Of Sweden, Queen of Denmark, daughter of Mieszko I Prince Of Poland and Dúbravka von Böhmen Princess of Bohemia, in 998 in Denmark. (Gunhilda of Poland/ Sigríð the Haughty (Stórráða) of Poland Sweden Norway & Denmark Queen Of Sweden, Queen of Denmark was born in 967 in Poznañ, Poznañ, Poland and died after 8 Feb 1014.)