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Canute the Politician "Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings. For there is none worthy of the name but God, whom heaven, earth and sea obey". So spoke King Canute the Great, the legend says, seated on his throne on the seashore, waves lapping round his feet. Canute had learned that his flattering courtiers claimed he was "So great, he could command the tides of the sea to go back". Now Canute was not only a religious man, but also a clever politician. He knew his limitations - even if his courtiers did not - so he had his throne carried to the seashore and sat on it as the tide came in, commanding the waves to advance no further. When they didn't, he had made his point that, though the deeds of kings might appear 'great' in the minds of men, they were as nothing in the face of God's power.
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Canute the Great, also known as Cnut in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, or Knut (died November 12, 1035) was a Viking king of England and Denmark, and Norway, and of some of Swede…n.. He lived from 995 to 1035 AD. He ruled England from 1016 to 1035.. He famously sat on the beach and commanded the tide to turn back to demonstrate that there were powers over which even the mighty Cnut had no control.
A viking king who invaded England for the throne
Canute's father was Svein Forkbeard and his mother was daughter of Miesko the First of Poland. He was, therefore of mixed descent, half Danish and half Polish.
king canute speaks of an arrogant king who learns a lesson from nature. the constant flattery of his courtiers encourages him to think himselaf as a god. the stuuborn waves co…ming back rejecting his command of receding shows us that power is not everything and we should always respect the almighty who has created us. for more, consult sparknotes
king cnut died in a war
King Canute battled against Edmund Ironside, just as both their fathers did before. They came to an agreement, The Treaty of Olney which gave Edmund rule over southern parts o…f the country and Canute rule over Danelaw and the English Midlands. However, because Edmund died soon thereafter, Canute became ruler over the whole country, the first to do so successfully. He was also ruler over Viking homelands and therefore kept England safe from attacks for twenty years. He was also a Christian and had many churches built. The best-known story of King Canute the Great concerns certain sycophantic courtiers who were treating him as if he were a god. So he had his throne taken down to the sea and he sat there commanding the waves not to rush in over him. The waves, of course did and he had proved his point.
King Canute died on November 12 1035, at Shaftesbury in Dorset, and was buried at Winchester :)
he was born in 995
King Canute was famous for the lesson that he learnt from the natural waves of the ocean. He learnt a lesson that no other power is greater than that power of the almigh…ty
Answer: Canute's nobles are supposed to have told him he was all-powerful. To prove that they were just "sucking up", Canute sat on the edge of the beach whilst the tide was c…oming in and ordered it to stop- which it didn't, of course. So with that he proved that God was more powerful then any mortal, and asked them to tell him the truth, not what he wanted to know.
In 1017 Canute married Aethelred's widow Emma
King Canute (Danish: Knud) became King of Denmark, Norway and England. In 1016AD he conquered most of England after successfully forcing King Æthelræd II (aka. Ethelred the …Unready) in to exile in Normandy. After Æthelræd's brother and successor King Edmund Ironside died, Canute ruled all of England. There is a myth that Canute is famous for where one day he decided to demonstrate to sycophantic courtiers the limits of his powers by placing his throne on the seashore and ordering the advacing tide to retreat. Of course even a king could not control the elements and his feet became wet from the sea waters as they rose. Canute died in 1035AD and was succeeded as King of England by his son Harold I (Harold Harefoot).