1016: the forgotten conquest of England and Cnut's reign
Thursday 15 December 2016, 13.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking required
2016 marks the millennium of the conquest of England by Cnut (r. 1016–1035). Although largely remembered today for the later story of his supposed failure to hold back the tide, Cnut was one of the most successful early kings of England. He forged a North Sea empire that included Denmark, Norway and England and is remembered in Denmark as Cnut 'the Great'. In this lecture, Gareth Williams, British Museum, explores both Cnut's conquest and his subsequent achievements.