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Who were in your opinion the a.) most overrated and b.) most underrated monarchs in English and Scot

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Submitted : 2018-06-14 21:36:33    Popularity:     

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Definitely Cnut. Overrated: Henry VII. Victor in the Wars of the Roses and painted as a great peacemaker. Actually a chancer and usurper who got

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Definitely Cnut.

Overrated: Henry VII. Victor in the Wars of the Roses and painted as a great peacemaker.

Actually a chancer and usurper who got really bloody lucky. Spent his time on the throne grabbing all the political power he could and taxing the ever loving s*** out of the nation. He set the stage for Henry VIII's excesses.



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Hm, had to think about this one...

King Canute (known in Denmark as Cnut the Great).
After an invasion lasting over a decade launched to avenge the English murder of Viking settlers, Denmark successfully conquered England in 1014. Warrior King Sweyn Forkbeard took the English throne - and promptly died of illness a few weeks later.

He was succeeded by his able son Cnut (usually called Canute in English to differentiate him from loads of other Danish Cnuts).
Far from being the merciless viking warlord the English feared, Canute turned out to be a total revelation. He was peaceable, generous, law abiding, deeply Christian and actually cared about his new Kingdom. With Norway, Denmark and England under his control he ruled a vast north sea empire with rulers paying homage to him from Iceland to the shores of the Baltic. Freed from war, piracy and factionalism England prospered greatly under the his reign and he became adored by the people. He founded churches, funded religious works and made a state pilgrimage to Rome where he was received by the pope like a hero, recognised as one of the most powerful monarchs in Christendom.

Canute died in 1035, and his sons died only a few years later, so the throne of England reverted to the House of Wessex under "Edward the Confessor".
Today he's mostly remembered for the story of Canute stood on the beach and commanding the tide not to come in and get his feet wet. This story is cruelly misremembered and is not a tale of a delusional monarch thinking he had power over nature. Actually Canute was proving a point to his sycophantic courtiers that he may wear a crown but he was really nothing more than a man.

Sadly this high water mark of Danish rule in England (pun intended) is now much forgotten due to the cataclysmic invasion by the Normans 30 years after Canute's death. It was the glittering wealth of England Canute left behind that made the Normans want it so badly.

Overrated - Richard I. Never there and caught on the way back from a crusade. His ransom bankrupted the country. But the Robin Hood myth makes him a hero.

Underrated - Edward VII - Wastrel Prince of Wales who, when king, did some fine diplomacy in Europe.

Sep 17, 2014 ... A brief look at the history of Scotland and how Scottish King James ... II is more the queen of Scotland than England, considering her ancestor James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, not the other way around. ... Well, you're mistaken on the point that Scotland's opinion of a union was favourable.



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