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King Cnut - The Viking King of England

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Ryan age 10

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Who was Cnut?

During the late tenth and early eleventh centuries the Vikings started raiding England again, particularly; the Danish Vikings.

Cnut (or Canute) was the son of King Swein of Denmark. In 1013 King Swein sailed to England with Cnut and took control of the Danelaw. By the end of the year, all England was under Swein's control and the Anglo-Saxon king Aethelred the Unready fled to Normandy.

In 1014 Swein died leaving Cnut in control of the Danish army. Aethelred returned to England but became ill and died in 1016. His son, Edmund Ironside, and Cnut agreed to divide England and rule their own areas. However, Edmund died a few months later, leaving Cnut to become King of England in 1017.

Cnut now ruled a large empire around the North Sea, including Denmark, Norway and England. Cnut brought new laws and peace to England.

The Vikings had finally conquered England.

What happened after Cnut?

When Cnut died in 1035 there was a power struggle. Cnut's wife, Emma (also known as Aelfgifu), had previously been married to the Anglo-Saxon king Aethelred. Thus she had sons by both kings who could inherit the crown.

Harold I, Cnut's son, ruled England from 1035 to 1040. Followed by Cnut's second son, Harthacnut, from 1040 to 1042. Finally in 1042 Edward the Confessor, Aethelred's son, became King of England and once again England was under the control of Anglo-Saxon kings.

This Anglo-Saxon kingdom was to be shortlived.

Find out more about Kings Aetherlred, Cnut and Swein

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