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Old 25-01-2016, 04:46 PM   #21
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A 14th century portrait of Cnut the Great..
Cnut the Great (Old Norse: Knútr inn ríki; c. 995– 12 November 1035), more commonly known as Canute, was a king of Denmark, England, Norway and parts of Sweden, together often referred to as the Anglo-Scandinavian or North Sea Empire.. After his death, the deaths of his heirs within a decade, and the Norman conquest of England in 1066, his legacy was largely lost to history.. The medieval historian Norman Cantor has made the statement that he was "the most effective king in Anglo-Saxon history", although Cnut himself was Danish not British or Anglo-Saxon..Cnut's name is popularly invoked in the context of the legendary story of King Canute and the waves, but usually misrepresenting Cnut (Canute) as a deluded monarch believing he had supernatural powers, when the original story in fact relates the opposite and portrays a wise king...

Rebellion- Canute the Great..

Cnut's father was Sweyn Forkbeard, King of Denmark (which gave Cnut the patronym Sweynsson, Old Norse Sveinsson).. The identity of his mother is uncertain, although medieval tradition makes her a daughter of Mieszko I..As a Danish prince, Cnut won the throne of England in 1016 in the wake of centuries of Viking activity in northwestern Europe.. His accession to the Danish throne in 1018 brought the crowns of England and Denmark together.. Cnut maintained his power by uniting Danes and English under cultural bonds of wealth and custom, rather than by sheer brutality..After a decade of conflict with opponents in Scandinavia, Cnut claimed the crown of Norway in Trondheim in 1028.. The Swedish city Sigtuna was held by Cnut.. He had coins struck there that called him king, but there is no narrative record of his occupation...

Cnut died on 12 November 1035.. In Denmark he was succeeded by Harthacnut, reigning as Cnut III, although with a war in Scandinavia against Magnus I of Norway, Harthacnut was "forsaken [by the English] because he was too long in Denmark", and his mother Queen Emma, previously resident at Winchester with some of her son's housecarls, was made to flee to Bruges in Flanders, under pressure from supporters of Cnut's other son, after Svein, by Ælfgifu of Northampton. Harold Harefoot—regent in England 1035–37—succeeded to claim the throne in 1037, reigning until his death in 1040..Denmark fell into a period of disorder with a power struggle between the pretender to the throne Sweyn Estridsson, son of Ulf, and the Norwegian king, until the death of Magnus in 1047 and the restoration of the Danish sovereignty..The inheritance of England was briefly to return to its Anglo-Saxon lineage..The house of Wessex reigned again as Edward the Confessor was brought out of exile in Normandy and made a treaty with Harthacnut, his half-brother..In 1042, Harthacnut died, and Edward was king.. His reign secured Norman influence at Court thereafter, and the ambitions of its dukes finally found fruition in 1066 with William the Conqueror's invasion of England and crowning, 50 years after Cnut was crowned in 1016...'s not question our flesh for wanting to remain flesh..You are the watchdog of my fury..I don't need traitors to plead my cause..You stay here and draw maps.. I will go and kidnap the girl...
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