Son of Sweyn Forkbeard, the King of Denmark. He appears effeminate and weak, always hiding behind his retainer Ragnar, but sticks up for himself against Thorfinn's insults. His weak appearance and his strong Christian faith earn him the mockery of the Viking band.
Canute developed a grudge on his father after discovering he had marked Canute for death. Seeing use in him, Askeladd assassinated Forkbeard, making Canute the King of Denmark. Canute started working towards the goal of building a paradise on Earth, becoming a strong, ruthless leader and a brilliant general.