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.
Free entry and priority access to all special exhibitions including:
- The BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds (19 May 2016 - 27 November 2016)
- South Africa: the art of a nation (27 October 2016 - 26 February 2017)
- The American Dream: pop to the present (9 March 2017 – 18 June 2017)