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Cnut: The Danes in England in the Early Eleventh Century (The Medieval World) Paperback – April 11, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0582059702 ISBN-10: 0582059704 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: The Medieval World
  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Longman Group United Kingdom; 1 edition (April 11, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582059704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582059702
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Lawson xxx;succeeds in illustrating how the rule of the man he calls 'the most successful of all pre-Conquest rulers of Britain' deserves such close study.' Times Literary Supplement

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
Lawson's coverage of the reign of Cnut and of the Danish conquest of England in the 11th century, is a thorough examination of a subject rarely covered in most histories of the island. About 50 years before the famous Norman Conquest of 1066, the Danish conquest was accomplished on the battle field by Cnut's father Svegn and cemented in Cnut's law codes. The England they conquered was one tired of wars and eager for a chance at peace. Lawson's study examines the ways in which Cnut engineered an aura of legitimacy to his reign, by using personal loyalty, legal codes, close relations with the church and, finally, by marrying the widowed queen of the Anglo-Saxon king, Aethelred the Unready. This is a very carefully researched work, shedding light on a compelling period in English history.
This book is not for the historically uninitiated or for those who like their history on the light side. However, for those who enjoy an in-depth study of primary sources, this work fills an important gap in scholarship.
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Not the easiest read, but it fills in the gap between Saxon England and Norman controlled England. There was a much longer blur in the transition than is usually written about. William actually had a claim to the Throne before the conquest that is poorly understood. The start of the Conquest was well before 1066.
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A reviewer on November 7, 2005
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This book does a really good job of covering King Cnut's reign in detail. I didn't like the way it ended, though. We are told what a skillful king Cnut was, both politically and militarily, and then we are told that he has been all but forgotten. Kind of ruined the mood!
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