Tuesday, September 02, 2008

ABC Wednesday - G


Just like King Canute I am unable to persuade the tide to Get Back (from the Beatles' album, Let It Be, 1969).
Canute was the first Viking king of all England and later became king of England, Denmark, of Norway and part of Sweden. His courtiers kow-towed to him and flattered him to extremes; they even said, 'You are so great that even the tides would obey you.' To prove them wrong, Canute had his throne carried to the seashore and sat there commanding the tide to 'get back'. Of course it didn't and Canute said, "Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings. For there is none worthy of the name but God, whom heaven, earth and sea obey".
To take part, visit ABC Wednesday Round 3 or the originator mrs nesbitt's place
xx

29 comments:

The Mulligan Family said...

Love that! Wonderful little lesson for us, and the photo seems so inviting. Wish I was wiggling my toes in sand and surf right now.

Happy ABC Wednesday. My post is up on my GumboYaYa blog.

leslie said...

This is great! - enjoyed reading this little story. And Canute had an excellent point.

ellen b said...

Ha! You continue to awe us with your creativity with Beatle Tunes! Well done Liz, now "Get Back"

Kim from Hiraeth said...

Amen!

Another fun Beatles post! I really look forward to seeing what you come up with each week!

Columbo said...

Clever posting for ABC Wednesday G. Loved the photo and the commentary, very educational.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Ah, clever post.. very interesting. Loved reading it and the photo was splendid. Great post indeed! Thanks.
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Abraham Lincoln said...

A neat tale. I enjoyed the water and your feet.

I only got one Grumpy Alien posted for "G." He is at Thunder Maker

CalumCarr said...

Clever clogs.

babooshka said...

Very clever and to include the Beatles is always a winner.

Gordon said...

A clever post; I enjoyed reading it.

Katney said...

HIstory is full of fun facts and wise words.

Maggie May said...

Amen to that!

RuneE said...

I'm glad you have the right version of that story (all too often you get the one where he is portrayed as an egomaniac). BTW - in Scandinavia his name is Knut ("den mektige" - the powerful). In UK he is called Canute because you don't use pronounce the Kn.

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh yes! A great post Liz! Thanks for the history lesson, always fascinating.
Dxx

Puss-in-Boots said...

Wise man, that Canute.

Brian said...

A very clever post, and a photo to go with it.

Thanks for comments on my G blog

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for the beautiful story about king Canute! He must have been a very wise man! Thanks for your visit too, Liz!

gaz said...

love the shot and now i know all about canute...
i have fulfilled my motto of "learn something new every day".
thanks for helping ;-]

Aileni said...

Canute - my favourite monarch.
'G'ood stuff.

Dragonstar said...

Love the photo, and your brilliant G post! You're a clever girl.

Kim said...

wonderful picture and post.

Tommy V said...

Nice post for "G"

Miss_Yves said...

Great lesson! Funny picture to illustrate the tale !
Miss Yves

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

cool G post!

saz x

Neva said...

I will have that song running around in my head all day now!
Mine is here.

Bear Naked said...

Oh how that looks so inviting.
Great G post and photo.

Bear((( )))

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I always liked poor old Canute!

CherryPie said...

What a fantastic photo :-)

Rose said...

Clever post! I'd never heard this story about King Canute. (Too bad there wasn't a Beatle song named George:) )