King Cnut rules the Anglo-Scandinavian Empire

21/09/1016

King Cnut (Canute) the Great rules England as part of a larger Scandinavian empire which includes Denmark, Norway and parts of Sweden.

He inherited England from his father, Svein Forkbeard, who won the throne in 1013 from Aethelred, who ran off to Normandy for safety. However, Forkbeard died shortly afterwards and although Cnut was officially voted his heir, the English council brought Aethelred back instead. This meant that Cnut had to reinvade his own lands and in 1016 was successful in taking the throne once again.

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