November 12, 2015

Today in History: What King Canute could teach today's politicians about humility (1035)

John RobsonResident Historian
 

Nowadays King Canute is often forgotten or, worse, dismissed as the fool who thought he could stop the tides.

Actually he was long and correctly remembered as the man who tried to stop the tide of servile and even impious flattery directed his way.

He may have been a Danish interloper on the English throne, but he set a standard for humility in a monarch that has sadly decayed lately along with our historical memory.

 

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commented 2015-11-15 07:03:57 -0500
As always John a bit of history a great way to view our past , present and future.
commented 2015-11-12 20:04:18 -0500
Thank you, once again you taught me something interesting.
commented 2015-11-12 18:27:18 -0500
We could use King Canute now, as King Justin, Gerald, Rachel and Elizabeth May valiantly prepare to stop the climate from changing.
commented 2015-11-12 14:57:12 -0500
King Canute, how about coming back and try to stop the tides of savages, that will soon be surging on to Canadian shores. While you are here, perhaps you could strip King Trudeau naked and throw him into the marshes. He dose not need to be dead, when you do it.
commented 2015-11-12 14:24:41 -0500
Barack Obama is definitely no King Canute, he believes he can stop the tides.