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Cnut: Emperor Of The North

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Canute Canute is famous today as the bad king arrogant enough to believe he could stem the tide. This volume peels back the layers of legend and mythmaking to reveal the true history of King Canute and the kingdom he ruled. Full description
288 pages
Published January 20th 2005 by The History Press Ltd
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Deborah Pickstone
An excellent 'good press' account of one of my historical heroes, a far better king than the scant bit we were taught in school would imply, based on a completely misunderstood incident involving the sea's waves.
Pete daPixie
Jan 01, 2009 Pete daPixie rated it really liked it
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What I learned from this book was Knutr never sat on his throne on a beach, commanding the waves to go back. The source material for this period of history is thin on the ground. Danish as well as English history is certainly murky at the turn of 10th/11th century.
In 1016, the battle of Ashingdon, between Cnut and Edmund Ironside paved the way for a period of peace and prosperity. It was a further 50 years before another serious invasion by a 'Northman', by Harald Hardrada (hard ruler) in 1066.
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Rebecca
Apr 30, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book as much as I did reading The Real Middle Earth by Brian Bates. It was really easy going, full of interestesting anecdotes, covered the family history, early years, and later years of Canute/Cnut/Knutr's rise to the English thrown, including the key figures of Alfgifu his mistress from Northampton and his official wife Emma of Normandy, also renamed as Alfigifu and to make matters even more confusing it turns out that Emma's previous husband, Athelread also had a previ ...more
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Meirion James Trow is a full-time teacher of history who has been doubling as a crime writer for seventeen years. Originally from Ferndale, Rhondda in South Wales he now lives on the Isle of Wight. His interests include collecting militaria, film, the supernatural and true crime.
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