Son of Harthacnut, became king of York by 883. The chronology of his reign is not easy to establish, and the literary and numismatic evidence hard to reconcile. He is said to have been rescued from slavery by abbot Eadred and baptized with the name of Cnut, but it has also been suggested that Cnut was a different ruler at that period. Legend reports that Guthrith was chosen by the spirit of St Cuthbert as a Christian ruler, and the bishopric of Chester-le-Street, where the saint's remains had a temporary resting-place, gives some support. Coins from his period are found under the name of Cnut. He reigned until 14 August 895 and was buried, according to the chronicler Aethelweard, at York.
Subjects: British History.