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Cnut the Great

Cnut the Great

by Timothy Bolton


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A seminal biography of Cnut, the underappreciated eleventh-century Scandinavian warlord-turned-Anglo-Saxon monarch who united the English and Danish crowns to forge a North Sea empire

"A gripping and revelatory biography of Britain's Danish conqueror."— Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Week

Historian Timothy Bolton offers a fascinating reappraisal of one of the most misunderstood of the Anglo-Saxon kings: Cnut, the powerful Danish warlord who conquered England and created a North Sea empire in the eleventh century. This seminal biography draws from a wealth of written and archaeological sources to provide the most detailed accounting to date of the life and accomplishments of a remarkable figure in European history, a forward-thinking warrior-turned-statesman who created a new Anglo-Danish regime through designed internationalism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300208337
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Series: The English Monarchs Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Timothy Bolton is the author of The Empire of Cnut the Great. He is an honorary fellow of both Cardiff and Aberdeen Universities.

Table of Contents

List of Plates viii

Preface and Acknowledgements x

Maps xiv

Introduction 1

1 Cnut's Childhood and Youth: The Beginnings of a Conqueror 28

2 The Invasions of England in 1013 and 1016 53

3 The Early Years of Rule in England 92

4 The Rise to Dominance over Scandinavia 129

5 Cnut and the Field of European Politics 158

6 The Period of Mature Rule in England and Scandinavia 172

7 The Aftermath of Cnut's Death 196

Conclusion 209

Appendix I The Story of Cnut and the Wav Us 214

Appendix II Concordance of Charters Cited in this Volume 217

Bibliography 220

Index 241

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