Cnut the Great, also known as Canute, was born to Sweyn Forkbeard and Swietoslawa in 985 and died on November 12, 1035. He was the king of Denmark, England, Norway, and parts of Sweden. He won the throne of England in the beginning of the Viking era in 1016, and he won the Danish throne in 1018. He united the English and Danish thrones not by brutality but by developing cultural harmony and a collective power base. After conquering Norway and Sweden in 1026, he wrote a letter declaring himself as ‘king of all England and Denmark and the Norwegians and of some of the Swedes.