Canute the Great

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Noun1.Canute the Great - king of Denmark and Norway who forced Edmund II to divide England with him; on the death of Edmund II, Canute became king of all England (994-1035)
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You've heard of the Pusey horn, which King Canute gave to the Puseys of that day, and which the gallant old squire, lately gone to his rest (whom Berkshire freeholders turned out of last Parliament, to their eternal disgrace, for voting according to his conscience), used to bring out on high days, holidays, and bonfire nights.
November 12 KING Canute was the King of England who sat at the edge of the sand trying, without success, to command the tide.
In the absence of Trumpety Trump being a King Canute, best to batten down the hatches and/ or make sure we have a plentiful reserve of water to put out the fires.
After King Canute sacked the Saxon nunnery of St Osburg's in 1016, the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum is hosting a summer-long celebration of the lives and times of our Nordic ancestors.
King Canute also denied the obvious - but sea is an answer
And the oft-maligned King Canute was simply demonstrating to his lackeys and toadies that he couldn't hold back the tide
Summary: Legend holds that King Canute brought his flatterers to the sea to show them that even a king could not command the ocean waves, that the laws of nature are more powerful than the decrees of men.
The legend of King Canute describes how an early Anglo-Saxon king showed his subjects the limits of royal power.
I DON'T know whether Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sees himself as King Canute or Nero but surely he must know he is flogging a dead horse.
LEGEND has it King Canute knew his beach stunt was pointless.
Although we enjoy your magazine and have for years, my daughter and 1 were disappointed by the reference to King Canute in the story "To the Moon
Yes, some people will be determined to keep Welsh alive, while many others pay lip service, but it's a bit like king Canute trying to hold back the tide.