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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:00:00 AM
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St. Knut's Day

The feast day of King Canute (or Knut), who ruled Denmark, England, and Norway in the 11th century, marks the end of the Yuletide season in Sweden. Rather than letting the holidays fade quietly, Swedish families throughout the country hold parties to celebrate the final lighting (and subsequent dismantling) of the Christmas tree. After letting the children eat the cookies and candies used to decorate the tree, and after packing the ornaments away in their boxes, it is customary to hurl the tree through an open window. More...
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thar
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King Cnut gets an unfair rep.

Some people think he sat on the beach and ordered the tide to stop. But that story is satirical - he was insulting the sycophants around him, and showing his own humility.

'Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings, for there is none worthy of the name, but He whom heaven, earth, and sea obey by eternal laws. '

He was actually a good and stable king of the Viking North Sea empire and of England. If things hadn't fallen apart after his death at such a young age, the history of England would have been very different - the Viking rulers would perhaps have embedded and William would not have seized power.

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1016 King Cnut, crowned king of England
1035 Death of Cnut
1040 Death of Harold Harefoot, his brother Harthacnut accedes to the English throne
1042 Death of Harthacnut, Edward the Confessor accedes to the English throne
1066 Death of Edward the Confessor in January, Harold II accedes to the English throne. [Edit - Viking invasion from the north, defeated] Norman invasion and conquest of England, Harold II is killed and William the Conqueror becomes King of England
ChristopherJohnson
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What I hate about the Scandinavian history, is the period of their Christianization.
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