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King Canute and the Tides

King Canute and the Tides

One of the best known legends in Gainsborough occurred beside the River Trent, where 6 ft walls of water accompany the spring tide. This strong tide is known as Trent Aegir.

Tired of flattery and in order to dampen the people’s belief in his god-like status, he ordered the tide not to wet him. Of course, he was unsuccessful for the tide still hit him, leaving him drenched.

After witnessing that, the people was told by the king that no one deserves the title “King”, even the kings, but only that who can order the heavens, the earth, and the seas to obey him.

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