Cnut the Great
Lecture no. 29 from the course: The Vikings
Taught by Professor Kenneth W. Harl | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
Cnut the Great (1014–1035), along with his father Svein Forkbeard, reclaimed England for Scandinavia, but viewed himself as a pan-European king in the mold of Charlemagne. Though not remembered fondly by his subjects, his maintenance of a powerful fleet, innovative use of proxy rule, and savvy employment of marriage alliances turned Denmark from a fragile kingdom into a Christian North Sea Empire.