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Tuesday, 27 June 2006
A Forgotten King
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On which day of the calendar should the British celebrate their Britishness?  Legal blogger has an original and compelling suggestion.  (Scroll down a page to the May 30 entry.)

If memory serves, the marriage of the King** to Emma of Normandy in the summer of 1017 was one of the most glorious pageants London has ever seen, and was remembered fondly by Englishmen for generations afterwards.

** I don't care to spell out his name for fear of committing a disastrous typo.

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Posted on 06/27/2006 10:30 AM by John Derbyshire
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27 Jun 2006
Send an emailEsmerelda Weatherwax
Canute began by being a Bad King on the advice of his Courtiers, who informed him that the King of England was entitled to sit on the sea without getting wet. But finding that they were wrong he gave up this policy and decided t take his own advice in future ? thus originating the memorable proverb ?Paddle your own Canute? ? and became a Good King and CofE and ceased to be memorable.
Canute had two sons, Halfacanute and Partacanute, and two other offspring, Rathacanute and Hardlicanute, whom, however, he would never acknowledge, denying to the last that he was their Fathacanute.
On his death Canute?s kingdom was divided between two further sons who has previously been overlooked, Aftercanute and Harold Harebrush.
When Cnut Cyng the Witan wold enfeoff
Of infangthief and outfangthief
Wonderlich were they enwraged
And wordwar waged
Sware Cnut great scot and lot
Swinge wold ich this illbegotten lot.

Wroth was Cnut and wrothword spake.
Well wold he win at wopantake.
Fain wold he brake frith and crake heads
And that they shold worshippe his redes.

Swinged Cnut Cyng with swung sword
Howled Witane helle but heakened his word
Murie sang Cnut Cyng
Outfangthief is Damgudthyng.