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 King Canute

King Canute

Birth
Denmark
Death 12 Nov 1035 (aged 39–40)
Shaftesbury, North Dorset District, Dorset, England
Burial Winchester, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England
Memorial ID 8722 · View Source
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English Monarch. Reigned from 1016 to 1035 Anno Domini. Remains of his bones are mixed in the chests above the choir of the Cathedral. Identification of the contents of these chests is impossible, however, because during the English civil war in the 17th century, Parliamentarian soldiers threw the original chests down to the ground and smashed them open. The bones were then used to smash the windows of the cathedral. At the restoration of the monarchy, the bones were gathered up and put, mixed up, into the present mortuary chests. Proclaimed king of all England shortly after the death of Edmund II, he also became King of Denmark on the death of his brother Harald in 1018. To avoid dynastic disputes he married Queen Emma, Ethelred the Unready's widow, who bore him a son, Hardicanute. His reign, after the initial conflict, was peaceful and brought stability to the realm.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 5 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8722
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for King Canute (c.995–12 Nov 1035), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8722, citing Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .