Cnut the Great

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Knut der Große cropped.jpg
A 14t century portrait o Cnut the Great
Keeng o Ingland
Ring 1016–1035
Coronation 6 Januar 1017 (London)
Predecessor Edmund
Successor Harold
Keeng o Denmark
Ring 1018–1035
Predecessor Harald II o Denmark
Successor Harthacnut
Keeng o Norawa
Reing 1028–1035
Predecessor Olaf Haraldsson
Successor Magnus Olafsson
Born c. 985 – c. 995
Dee'd 12 November 1035 (aged 40–50)
Shaftesbury, Dorset, Ingland
Buirial Auld Meenster, Winchester. Bones nou in Winchester Cathedral
Spouse Ælfgifu of Northampton
Emma o Normandy
Issue wi Ælfgifu
Svein Knutsson
Harold Harefit
wi Emma
Gunhilda o Denmark
Hoose House of Denmark
Faither Sweyn Forkbeard
Mither unkent (Świętosława / Sigrid/ Gunhild)[1]
Releegion Christian

Cnut the Great[2] (Auld Norse: Knútr inn ríki;[3] c. 985 or 995 – 12 November 1035), mair commonly kent as Canute, wis a keeng o Denmark, Ingland, Norawa an pairts o Swaden, thegither iften referred tae as the Anglo-Scandinavian or North Sea Empire.

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  1. Cnut's mither is the subject o heestorical debate. Some soorces identify as her Gunnhilda, ithers say she is apocryphal or that there is insufficient evidence to name her. Accordin tae Medieval chroniclers Thietmar of Merseburg an Adam o Bremen, Cnut wis the son o a Pols princess who wis the dauchter o Mieszko I an sister o Boleslaw I, her name mey hae been Świętosława (see: Sigrid Storråda): this haes been airtit tae Cnut's uise o Pols truips in Ingland an Cnut's sister's Anglicised Slavic name, Santslaue. Encomiast, Encomium Emmae, ii. 2, pg. 18; Thietmar, Chronicon, vii. 39, pgs. 446–447; Trow, Cnut, p. 40. The Oxford DNB article on Cnut states that her name is unknown. M. K. Lawson, Cnut, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2005
  2. Bolton, The Empire of Cnut the Great: Conquest and the Consolidation of Power in Northern Europe in the Early Eleventh Century (Leiden, 2009)
  3. Modern languages: Dens: Knud den Store or Knud II, Norse: Knut den mektige, Swadish: Knut den Store.