St. Knud

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 01/19


Patron Of: Denmark

Also known as
    Canute
    Canute IV
    Canutus
    Cnut
    Knud IV
    Knute

Memorial
    19 January

Profile
    Illegimate son of King Sweyn Estrithson of Denmark. Nephew of King Knud of England. King of Denmark as Knud IV c.1080. Married to Adela, sister of Count Roberts of Flanders. Spread the gospel through his kingdom, supported missionaries, and built churches. Tried and failed to conquer England to press his claim to the throne which he saw as his through his kinship to his uncle, King Knud. Following his defeat, he fled to the island of Fünen. Murdered with his brother and 17 followers while kneeling at an altar immediately following confession. Miracles reported at his tomb.

Died
    murdered in 1086 in the church of Saint Alban on the island of Fünen

Canonized
    1101 by Pope Paschal II

Patronage
    Denmark



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