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Events in History in 1040

  • May 21 King Henry III gives Utrecht the Groninger currency

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

May 23 Battle of Dandanaqan: Tughril's Seljuk army defeats Ghaznavid force, near Merv (present-day Turkmenistan), brings about the fall of the Ghaznavid Empire

Founder of the Seljuk Empire Tughril
Founder of the Seljuk Empire
Tughril

EnglandLady Godiva

Jul 10 Lady Godiva rides naked on horseback through Coventry, according to legend, to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes

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Lady Godiva as painted in c. 1897 by John Collier
Lady Godiva as painted in c. 1897 by John Collier
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BattleBattle of Interest

Aug 14 King Duncan I of Scotland killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth (not murdered in his sleep as in Shakespeare's play). The latter does succeed him as King.

King of Scotland Macbeth
King of Scotland
Macbeth