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Anglo-Saxons hadn't established primogeniture. All king's extended family, down to great grandchildren, were known as aethelings 'throne worthies', and it was from this gene pool that the one who seemed best suited for the job was chosen.
Canute, the first Danish king of England, also ruled Denmark, Norway and Greenland.
Edward I was a notorious homosexual. He died in a castle prison. His body was examined by nobles, who pronounced it a natural death bc no sign of any wounds. But it emerged later thatlocals had heard horrendous screams coming from the castle, and that he had in fact been killed with a red hot poker shoved up (inside a deer horn) his arse.
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