Knud IV den Hellige and Adele of Flanders
Name: Knud IV den Hellige
English Name: Canute the Saint
Birth: ca. 1043
Child of:Svend Estridsen
Reign: 1080 - 1086
Marriage: Adèle of Flanders, the daughter of Robert I, Count of Flanders
Children: Carl of Flanders (Charles the Good), Cæcilia, Ingegerd
Death: 10. July 1086
Throne passed to: Oluf 1. Hunger
Only Danish King to become a Saint.
Went on several trips to England in his youth, in an attempt to drive out William the Conqueror.
New Details in a royal murder mystery
St. Canute's earthly remains show signs of so-called sharp violence agains the cranium and the pelvis. This is revealed in new examinations of Denmark's only canonized King.
- Article in Danish from Berlingske: Nye detaljer i royal mordgåde - Danmark
Basically the examinations disprove the legend which says he was stabbed to death by his enemies, none of whom wanted to give him the final blow. This was disproved by the fact that there were no jabs on the ribs, something which would have happened if there were many people doing it.
The examiner, Jesper Boldsen at University of Southern Denmark, is also taking DNA test, to see if it can be proven that Canute was related to Svein Estridsen or if it was just a myth.
Here's an article about the debate over the remains of King Knud:
Royal remains are thorny religious subject
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