Canute IV


Canute IV

▪ king of Denmark
byname  Canute the Holy , or  Saint Canute , Danish  Knut , or  Knud, Den Hellige , or  Sankt Knut , or  Knud 
born c. 1043
died July 10, 1086, Odense, Den.; canonized 1101; feast days January 19, July 10

      martyr, patron saint, and king of Denmark from 1080 to 1086.

      The son of King Sweyn II Estrithson of Denmark, Canute succeeded his brother Harold Hen as king of Denmark. Canute opposed the aristocracy and kept a close association with the church in an attempt to create a powerful and centralized monarchy.

      In ecclesiastical matters, Canute generously patronized several churches, including the Cathedral of Lund, Denmark's archbishopric; established a Benedictine abbey at Odense; and supported apostolic preaching throughout Denmark. In temporal matters, he attempted an administrative reform, particularly an enforced levying of tithes that incurred the wrath of the rural aristocracy. In 1085 he reasserted the Danish claims to England and, with the count of Flanders and King Olaf III (Olaf III Haraldsson) of Norway, prepared a massive invasion fleet that alarmed the Norman-English king William I the Conqueror.

      Canute's plan, however, had to be abandoned suddenly, for those aristocrats who opposed his tax policy revolted as he was preparing to embark for England. He fled from the rebels, led by his brother Prince Olaf, to St. Alban's Church, Odense, which he had founded, and was assassinated there with the entire royal party.

      Canute was buried in St. Alban's, renamed c. 1300 St. Canute's Cathedral. Miracles were recorded at his tomb, and, at the request (1099) of King Erik III Evergood of Denmark, he was canonized (1101) by Pope Paschal II.

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