Canute the Cute by Stephen Barnaby

Mum made Canute when I was ten, saga obsessed and insistent on historical rigour.

I knew horned helmets were a myth, just like the real Canute’s arrogance: he was showing sycophantic courtiers that he didn’t have the power to turn back the waves.

So he may not have been as cute as my Canute but the real Canute was an acute Canute.

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