Archives: King Canute

Canute’s London Palace

July 26, 2010 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in King Canute

I found it!  After much digging, I found what I was looking for: reference to Canute’s palace in London.  Not only did I find the location, but I stumbled across a juicy tidbit that would fit perfectly into my story.  That’s certainly the advantage of writing historic fiction: a legend is usually more interesting than […]

Where did the King live before the Norman Conquest?

July 23, 2010 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in King Canute

I’m writing this post as I research Anglo-Saxon London.  I’d like to add some historical local color to my narrative, but aside from references to London Bridge and the Roman wall, I’m having a hard time finding mention of anything, anywhere – especially referring to a royal residence.  The three mile-long Roman walls surrounded what […]

Canute’s Trench

March 20, 2010 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in King Canute

In 1016 Canute had returned to England to reclaim the throne his father had won three years before.  He had a formidable rival in Edmund Ironside, son of Aethelred the Unready.  Edmund stoutly defended London, and London Bridge blocked Canute’s passage up the river.  This wooden bridge joined the walled city to the suburbs of Southwark, which […]

London Bridge is Falling Down

March 17, 2010 by Mercedes Rochelle | 3 Comments | Filed in King Canute

The year 1014 thereabouts was a busy time for Londoners.  In that year, the Vikings had invested Southwark across the Thames and Aethelred the Unready and King Olaf of Norway were attacking.  Svegn Forkbeard, who chased Aethelred from the country and took the crown in 1013, died after only 5 months on the throne, and Aethelred wanted his […]