Cnut the Great[2] (Auld Norse: Knútr inn ríki;[3] c. 985 or 995 – 12 November 1035), mair commonly kent as Canute, wis a king o Denmark, Ingland, Norawa an pairts o Swaden, thegither iften referred tae as the Anglo-Scandinavian or North Sea Empire.

A 14t century portrait o Cnut the Great
Keeng o Ingland
Coronation6 Januar 1017 (London)
Keeng o Denmark
PredecessorHarald II o Denmark
Keeng o Norawa
PredecessorOlaf Haraldsson
SuccessorMagnus Olafsson
Bornc. 985 – c. 995
Dee'd12 November 1035 (aged 40–50)
Shaftesbury, Dorset, Ingland
BuirialAuld Meenster, Winchester. Bones nou in Winchester Cathedral
SpouseÆlfgifu of Northampton
Emma o Normandy
Issuewi Ælfgifu
Svein Knutsson
Harold Harefit
wi Emma
Gunhilda o Denmark
HooseHouse of Denmark
FaitherSweyn Forkbeard
Mitherunkent (Świętosława / Sigrid/ Gunhild)[1]


  1. Cnut's mither is the subject o heestorical debate. Some soorces identify as her Gunnhilda, ithers say she is apocryphal or that there is insufficient evidence to name her. Accordin tae Medieval chroniclers Thietmar of Merseburg an Adam o Bremen, Cnut wis the son o a Pols princess who wis the dauchter o Mieszko I an sister o Boleslaw I, her name mey hae been Świętosława (see: Sigrid Storråda): this haes been airtit tae Cnut's uise o Pols truips in Ingland an Cnut's sister's Anglicised Slavic name, Santslaue. Encomiast, Encomium Emmae, ii. 2, pg. 18; Thietmar, Chronicon, vii. 39, pgs. 446–447; Trow, Cnut, p. 40. The Oxford DNB article on Cnut states that her name is unknown. M. K. Lawson, Cnut, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2005
  2. Bolton, The Empire of Cnut the Great: Conquest and the Consolidation of Power in Northern Europe in the Early Eleventh Century (Leiden, 2009)
  3. Modern languages: Dens: Knud den Store or Knud II, Norse: Knut den mektige, Swadish: Knut den Store.