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Cnut, Eastern Denmark And The Baltic: The Struggle For Supremacy

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It is evident that, as in western and central Denmark, Cnut the Greats main concern in Skne was the consolidation of royal power. The development of an urban site alongside the establishment of ecclesiastical organisation wrested the power in the region out of the hands of the local elites. The elites of eastern Denmark put up fierce resistance to Cnut, and he removed them at the first possible opportunity. In Skåne the pace of development was furious, and intended initially to punish and contain local elites who had showed him resistance, and secondarily to provide the Danish king with a spearhead in Lund, from which he could strike further into the region. It appears that the jarls of Skne and the kings of Denmark both had allies in the Baltic, and in fact were allied to dynasties or groups who were themselves in conflict with each other.

Keywords: Baltic; Cnut the Great; eastern Denmark; Skåne



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