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Feastday: January 7
Patron of Zealand, Denmark
Birth: 1096
Death: 1131

Martyred nephew of St. Canute and son of King Eric the Good of Denmark. Raised in the Saxon court, he was made the duke of Jutland when he came of age. Canute supported the efforts of St. Vicelin and defended his area against Viking raids. In 1129, Canute became king of the Western Wends, recognized by King Lothair 111. King Nils of Denmark, Canute's uncle, opposed this and plotted his death. He was slain by Magnus Nielsen and Henry Skadelaar, his cousins, near Ringsted.


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