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C. 1005 AD. He was born.

1031 AD. Cnut the Great came north to accept the submission of King Malcolm II, Macbeth too submitted to him.

1032 AD. He became Mormaer of Moray (a semi-autonomous lordship).

1040 AD. Macbeth’s troops killed Duncan I after he attacked Moray. Macbeth then succeeded him as King of Alba, apparently with little opposition.

1052 AD. He was involved indirectly in the strife in the Kingdom of England between Godwin, Earl of Wessex, and Edward the Confessor when he received a number of Norman exiles from England in his court, perhaps becoming the first king of Scots to introduce feudalism to Scotland.

1054 AD. He was faced with an English invasion, led by Siward, Earl of Northumbria, on behalf of Edward the Confessor.

1057 August 15 AD. He was killed at the Battle of Lumphanan by forces loyal to the future Malcolm III. He was buried on Iona, the traditional resting place of Scottish kings.

1577 AD. He appears in Holinshed’s Chronicles, a compilation of British history.

C. 1606 AD. Shakespeare makes a tragedy play named Macbeth that dramatizes the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.

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