King Cnut was the brother of Countess Gytha, and the maternal uncle of King Harold. He was the ruler of Denmark before the time of the Battle of Hastings. This strong familial relationship was the reason Harold, as Hereward the Wake, was considering an alliance with the Danes to to attack London. (PROSE: The Real Hereward)
Behind the scenes Edit
Historically, Cnut was almost certainly not Gytha's brother, and likely not blood-related to her at all. However, there was a definite attempt to invent a blood relationship between the two. The information in The Real Hereward comes from one of Hereward's men, which is entirely logical. The whole point of the subterfuge was to make the average Saxon believe in some sort of connection between Gytha and Bluetooth, Cnut's grandfather, the founder of the then-modern Danish/English monarchy. That one of Hereward/Harold's men believed it meant that the propaganda effort succeeded.