Eadward came, and in two years he was king of England, Harthacnut having died a wretched drunken death.
His popular election took place in June, immediately on the death of Harthacnut, and even before his burial.
Harthacnut then came over with a large army, and took possession of the land.
Godwine perhaps hoped that Harthacnut would make the West Saxon earldom the centre of the empire which had been his father's.
In 1040 Harold died, and Harthacnut came at last to England to claim the crown.
Harald's death in 1040 averted a conflict between the brothers, and placed Harthacnut quietly on the throne.