Name: Canute IV SVENDSSON , King of Denmark, Saint 1 2
ALIA: Knut IV Svendsson King of /Denmark/, Saint
Birth: ABT 1043 in Denmark 1
Death: 10 JUL 1086 in St Alban's Church, Odense, Denmark (assassinated) 1
Burial: St Alban's Church (now St Canute's Cathedral), Odense, Denmark 1
Ruled 1080-1086 2
Canute IV, byname CANUTE THE HOLY, OF SAINT CANUTE, Danish KNUT, or KNUD, DEN HELLIGE, or SANKT KNUT, or KNUD (b. c 1043 - d. 10 July 1086, Odense, Denmark; cannonized 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 ecclisiastical matters, Canute generously patronized several churches, including the Cathedral of Lund, Denmark's archbishopric; established a Benedictine abbey at Odense; and supported apstolic preaching throughout Denmark. In temporal matters, he attempted an administrative reform, paricularly an enforcedlevying 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 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 cannonized (1101) by Pope Paschal II. [Encyclopaedia Britannica]
Father: Svend (Sweyn) II Ulfsson King of DENMARK b: ABT 1020 in England
Mother: Tora TORBERGSDOTTIR b: ABT 1020 in Giske, More Og Romsdal, Norway
Adela of FLANDERS b: ABT 1060 in Flanders now Belgium
in 1st husband 2
- Ingegerd (Ingegard) KNUTSDOTTIR b: ABT 1083 in Roskilde, Copenhagen, Denmark
Unknown First Wife or MISTRESS b: ABT 1043 in Denmark
- Cecilia KNUTSDOTTIR , Princess of Denmark b: ABT 1060 in Denmark
- Title: Encyclopedia Britannica, Treatise on
Page: Canute IV
- Title: Royal Families of Medieval Scandinavia, Flanders, and Kiev, by Rupert Alen & Anna Dahlquist, 1997, King's River Publ.
Page: 144 - chart 17