Letters The King Canute GP appointment system

Misquoting the story of King Canute

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h311 (Published 20 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h311
  1. Christopher M Rayner, retired general practitioner1
  1. 1Bramley GU5 0HS, UK
  1. chrisrayner{at}doctors.net.uk

As another correspondent has noted,1 the initial version of the King Canute story relates to his pious rejection of his courtiers’ flattery. In fact, contemporary documents relate nothing about the story. It …

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