Turning Tides

13 03 2011

The legends of ancient kings and queens often appear to be quite removed from reality. It is tempting to forget that these great stories feature real people – who lived, breathed, blew their noses and didn’t like spinach.   One such figure is King Canute, who was for a time styled “King of all England and Denmark, and of the Norwegians and of some of the Swedes.” Clearly, not a man any history book should pass over without some mention.   What is striking about the legend of this man is that popular culture remembers none of his great achievements, Read the rest of this entry »