Edmund Ironside, Dane, England
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...the result was that Canute later that year (1016)
was crowned king of all England.
Canute the Great
thirteenth century portrait of Canute the Great)
The Anglo-Saxon descendants of Alfred the Great (king of England
from 878-899) ruled until the year 1016 when the Dane Canute,
with the help of his father Sweyn Forkbeard, took over power in
England. This overtaking started with the battle of Assandun in
1016 where Canute defeated Edmund Ironside who was then the
After the battle Canute and Edmund got together on an island in
the river Severn where they decided that Edmund was to keep
control over Southern and Western England while Canute was to be
in charge of Mercia and Northumberland (Northern England). But
just a few weeks after this meeting Edmund died under mysterious
circumstances. It is unclear whether Canute had anything to do
with his death, but anyway the result was that Canute later that
year (1016) was crowned king of all England.
far Canute had acted much like a true Viking: he had stranded on
the shore of a foreign coast, fought the natives and then
conquered. Now, after he had become king, he changed his style
completely. He married Ethelreds widow Emma and sent his army
back to Denmark. Then he started to rebuild the country that he
himself had contributed to ravage. He began enforcing the law
and strengthen the courts and he was also generous towards the
churches and the monasteries. He made the people respect the
holy days and in return the Church helped him execute his many
laws and commands.
Canute had been a heathen when he first came to England, but he
had quickly converted to Christianity. In 1027 he also made a
pilgrimage to Rome where he witnessed the coronation of Emperor
Conrad. Canute died in 1035. He was buried in the old Cathedral
Danish king of England. He was ruler over
Denmark and England from 1016 to 1035. During all these years
under the Danish king there was relative peace and prosperity in
1. When did Canute become
king of England?
2. What was the content of
agreement made on an island in the river Severn?
3. What did Canute do
after he had become king?
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