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King Cnut (Sveynsson)

Canute II the Great, King of England & Denmark

Born: c995, Denmark
Father: Haraldsson, Sveyn I Forkbeard, King of Denmark
Mother: Gunhilda of Poland
Reigned: 1016-1035 (Also King of Denmark and Norway)
Died: 2 November 1035, Shaftesbury, Dorset, England

He was married and had 5 children (3 in wedlock) including Harold I Harefoot (illegitimate), King of England, born c1015 and Cnutsson, Hardicanute of Denmark, King of England, born 1018.

Danish King of England after defeating Edmund Ironside (1016). Cnut and Edmund agreed to split the kingdom in two but Edmund died 7 months later 'of natural causes' but it is thought that he had been murdered.

Cnut became King of Denmark (1019) and Norway (1028). He defended England from Viking attacks (1017, 1026, 1028) and subjected Malcolm II of Scotland (1028). He went on pilgrimage to Rome in 1027 to attend the coronation of the Emperor Conrad II.

According to Legend, he ordered the waves to stop but he was actually proving to his sycophantic courtiers that even kings could not control nature.

Time Line:

1017: 2 July - Cnut married Emma of Normandy (widow of Ethelred II)

1017: Cnut creates four earldoms: Wessex, Mercia, Northumbria & East Anglia

1035: Death of Cnut; Illegitimate son Hardicnut (Harold I) became Regent.


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