American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- See Canute.
- n. king of Denmark and Norway who forced Edmund II to divide England with him; on the death of Edmund II, Canute became king of all England (994-1035)
“Also known as Cnut the Great, the one-time Danish king of England, Denmark and Norway is famous for putting his throne on the seashore and commanding the tide to turn back.”
“After a time, Cuthbert called Cnut to him, and the two talked long and earnestly.”
“One story which I and many British children encountered concerned King Canute (also known as Cnut).”
“Many thanks to @sarahxgilbert on Twitter for pointing out a mistake regarding King Cnut - an earlier draft called him 'ignorant', but actually the whole point of his actions were to demonstrate the folly of imagining kings could control nature.”
“Like Cnut the Great attempting to command the tide, politicians who try to stop social media risk looking impotent.”
“A Downing Street spokesman denied reports that Mr Brown has taken to wearing a crown and is now demanding to be known as 'King Cnut, Ruler of the Waves'.”
“We are given the big moments of royal history, from Harold taking a Norman arrow in the eye, to Cnut showing sycophantic courtiers the limits of his earthly power by the seaside, to Charles I's magnificent poise at his execution, and Edward VIII's sorry if romantic abdication.”
“More knot wheel and mist over me, and I remember their namesake Cnut, or Canute.”
“V. Letters a. Letter of Cnut to the English People (1019-1020) b.”
“Like Cnut the Great marrying Aelfgifu of Northampton and then Queen Emma at the same time and having sons by both of them, both of whom went on to become king.”
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