Caunt the Pimp

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Even though Canute was seen as a Christian monarch after the conquest, his followers were mainly heathens, so he had to make the tolerance of the pagan religion a priority. His early actions had made him uneasy with the Church, such as the execution of the powerful earls in England in 1016, as well as his open relationship with a concubine Aelgifu of Northampton, his handfast wife, whom he treated as his northern queen when he wed Emma of Normandy, with her more or less kept in the south, with a house in Exeter.