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Canute, King of England 1016-1035

Canute, King of England 1016-1035

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  • Name Canute  
    Suffix King of England 1016-1035 
    Known as Cnut 
    Born 995  Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Nov 1035  Shaftesbury, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • originally in Old Minster, Winchester
    Mortuary chest allegedly containing bones of Canute and Emma
    Mortuary chest allegedly containing bones of Canute and Emma
    Mortuary chest from Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, England. This is one of six mortuary chests near the altar in the Cathedral, this one purports to contain the bones of Cnut and his wife Emma, along with others
    Notes 
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canute
    • Son of Sweyn, Canute became undisputed King of England in 1016, and his rivals (Ethelred's surviving sons and Edmund's son) fled abroad. In 1018, the last Danegeld of 82,500 pounds was paid to Canute. Ruthless but capable, Canute consolidated hihis position by marrying Ethelred's widow Emma (Canute's first English partner - the Church did not recognise her as his wife - was set aside, later appointed regent of Norway). During his reign, Canute also became King of Denmark and Norway; his inheritance and formidable personality combined to make him overlord of a huge northern empire.
       
      During his inevitable absences in Scandinavia, Canute used powerful English and Danish earls to assist in England's government - English law and methods of government remained unchanged.

      A second-generation Christian for reasons of politics as well as faith, Canute went on pilgrimage to Rome in 1027-8. (It was allegedly Christian humility which made him reject his courtiers' flattery by demonstrating that even he could not stop the waves; later hostile chroniclers were to claim it showed madness.)

      Canute was buried at Winchester. Given that there was no political or governmental unity within his empire, it failed to survive owing to discord between his sons by two different queens - Harold Harefoot (reigned 1035-40) and Harthacnut (reigned 1040-42) - and the factions led by the semi-independent Earls of Northumbria, Mercia and Wessex.

      Check http://en2.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canute_the_Great
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    Person ID I3588  Roy~Royes | Hougham
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2012 

    Father Sweyn, King of England
              d. 1035 
    Mother Gunhild, of Wenden
              b. Wenden, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1307  Family Group  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elfgifu of Northampton
              b. Abt 990, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. Aft 1040  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Children 
     1. Harold Harefoot, King of England 1035-1040
              b. Abt 1015, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 17 Mar 1040, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years)
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2014 02:30:18 
    Family ID F1308  Family Group  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Emma of Normandy
              b. 984, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Mar 1052, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 2 Jul 1017 
    Children 
     1. Hardicanute, King of England 1035-1042
              b. Abt 1019, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 8 Jun 1042, Lambeth, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 23 years)
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2014 02:30:18 
    Family ID F1306  Family Group  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 995 - Denmark Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Nov 1035 - Shaftesbury, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
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    King Canute
    King Canute

  • Sources 
    1. [S54] Official web site of the British Monarchy, Page35.