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By Timothy Bolton

The reign of King Cnut the nice (1016 1035) marks a pivotal element within the heritage of either England and Scandinavia, but his conquests and his consolidation of strength stay under-appreciated and infrequently studied. just about all latest scholarship has been geographically targeted on both England or Scandinavia. even if, this research, via a chain of experiences of person features of his upward thrust to strength in these areas, seeks to surround his whole dominion, and forged new gentle on our figuring out of the character of this political unit and modern figures conceptions of it. the result's a clean influence of a few elements of Cnut s upward thrust to strength in addition to a brand new interpretation of this empire ."

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Byrthric minister (of 20) iElfget Beorhtric S 9 6 2 (Old Minster, Winchester) 1026 9. Bryhtric minister 10. vElfgar minister (of 15) S 5. 6. 7. 9 6 9 (Sherborne) 1033 ^Elfgar minister A l f g e t minister ^ e l m a e r (of 20) Fig. 2. The connections between the associates of JElfgar in the witness-lists of Cnut's charters. 88 8<)

111 T h e A S C 1016 C D E states that the threat came from an unnamed follower, and John of Worcester, Chronicon, s. a. , 482) claims that the threat came from the auxiliaries. 112 J o h n of Worcester, Chronicon, s. a. , 484). 1,3 Ibid. 114 See ibid. , 486) for the fullest account. 110 38 CHAPTER THREE Chronicle names him as a defector at Sherston. Perhaps we can even conclude that the mysterious ^Elfmaer deorling was a follower of his in this betrayal. However, when we find John of Worcester adding JElfgar maew to the list of turncoats, this is a different matter.

A. O ' D o n o v a n , Charters of Sherborne (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988), lx-lxi, has reached a similar conclusion. 78 S. 1474 (Sherborne). /y T h e c o m m o n use of ger in the place of gar can be seen in the attestations for ^Elfgar, Odda's associate, in S. 9 6 9 (Sherborne) and S. 9 6 3 (Exeter). In these context reveals that this is the one identified above, yet on both occasions the written text has JElfgœr. Furthermore, it should be noted that his grandfather, Ealdorman Ordgar, attests S.

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