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This introductory chapter presents an overview of this book, which re-examines the nature of Cnuts hegemony through the perspective of the political historian, but with an omnivorous approach to the source material. The sporadic survival of the sources in both England and Scandinavia, and the nature of those sources, inhibits any approach to gather a complete and comprehensive picture of Cnuts hegemony. For the initial part of the book, that which focuses on events in England, these are: Cnuts affect on the national government of England, the royal court; Cnuts affect on the local government of Southumbrian England; Cnut and the English Church; Cnuts affect on the Imperium of late Anglo-Saxon England: Northumbria, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. There are also sections on: Cnuts consolidation of power in Western Denmark; Cnuts consolidation of power in Eastern Denmark and the Baltic; and finally, a study of Cnuts affect on Norway is appended.

Keywords: Cnut; England; Scandinavia

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