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Cnut’s conquest 800 years ago

Lars Kjaer | November 21, 2016

cnut800 years ago, on 30 November 1016, a half-Danish, half-polish prince, Cnut became king of England.

Cnut’s reign heralded the beginning of centuries of intense interaction between England and her neighbours on the continent. For the next half millennia England would be part of political unions that involved her directly in the cultural and political life of Scandinavia and Western Europe.

In this seminar Lars Kjær, Head Faculty & Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, will discuss how these unions influenced the history of England – as well as her continental neighbours, and what we can learn from this history in the year of Brexit.

The seminar is open to both current students at New College of the Humanities and those interested in learning more about studying history at university. It is an opportunity to experience and take part in the teaching of history at university level, but designed to be approachable by those with no previous knowledge of the topics under discussion.

Dr Lars Kjær holds a BA from Aarhus University and a MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. He was born in Denmark and has lived in the UK the last nine years.

The talk builds on a forthcoming book about the medieval history of Denmark and its relationship with England and Europe.

Registration for this event is now closed, however if you would like to find out more about events such as this one, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Lars Kjaer

Head of Faculty & Senior Lecturer in Medieval History