1040 in history

1040 events chronologically

Aug 14 King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland
Aug 15 King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland

Born in 1040

Feb 22 Rashi a medieval French rabbi and author of a comprehensive commentary on the Talmud and commentary on the Tanakh. Acclaimed for his ability to present the basic meaning of the text in a concise and lucid fashion, Rashi appeals to both learned scholars and beginning students, and his works remain a centerpiece of contemporary Jewish study. His commentary on the Talmud, which covers nearly all of the Babylonian Talmud , has been included in every edition of the Talmud since its first printing by Daniel Bomberg in the 1520s. His commentary on Tanach — especially on the Chumash — is an indispensable aid to students of all levels. The latter commentary alone serves as the basis for more than 300 "supercommentaries" which analyze Rashi's choice of language and citations, penned by some of the greatest names in rabbinic literature

Died in 1040

Mar 6 Alhazen an Arab, Muslim, scientist, polymath, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher who made significant contributions to the principles of optics, astronomy, mathematics, meteorology, visual perception and the scientific method.
Mar 17 Harold Harefoot King of England from 1035 to 1040. His cognomen "Harefoot" referred to his speed, and the skill of his huntsmanship. He was the younger son of Cnut the Great, king of England, Denmark, and Norway by his first wife, Ælfgifu of Northampton
May 29 Renauld I Count of Nevers a French nobleman. He was the ruling count of Nevers from 1028 until his death
Jun 21 Fulk III Count of Anjou the first great builder of castles. He lived from 970 to 1040, constructed an estimated 100 castles and abbeys across the Loire Valley in today’s France, fought successive wars with neighbors in Brittany, Blois, Poitou and Aquitaine counties and traveled four times to Jerusalem on pilgrimage during the course of his life. He had two wives and three children
Aug 14 Duncan I of Scotland king of Scotland from 1034 to 1040. He is the historical basis of the "King Duncan" in Shakespeare's play Macbeth
Oct 1 Alan III Duke of Brittany Count of Rennes and duke of Brittany, by right of succession from 1008 to his death.