Wednesday, 2 February 2011

The Throne of King Cnut

According to twelfth century historian Henry of Huntingdon, the eleventh century King Canute, upon failing to halt the waves having placed his throne by the shore and commanding the tide to stop, declared: "Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings, for there is none worthy of the name, but He whom heaven, earth, and sea obey by eternal laws."

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