There can be little doubt that Canute intended to make harthacanute the heir to all his realms.
The overlordship of harthacanute may have been recognised, but the administration was divided.
Next he led his son harthacanute to his own high-seat and gave him the kings-name with the government of the Danish realms.
The first act of harthacanute's government promised badly for his future conduct.
She was believed to have been privy to the death of Alfred, in order that the crown might pass to harthacanute.
harthacanute died three years after his accession, in consequence of his excesses in drinking.
Evidently harthacanute's counsellors had concluded that his inherited rights in Britain should be claimed and defended.
The same year harthacanute joined his mother at Bruges, whither she had fled when exiled from England.
Ulf and harthacanute soon retreated to Jutland, and left the islands and Scania to the enemy.