Ejegod was the one of all the brothers the people liked best. He was
tall and strong.
He fought the Venders, who in Olav’s time of governing had made the
Danish waters insecure.
He succeeded in founding an archbishop’s headquarter for The Nordic
Countries, independent of Hamburg-Bremen. The archbishop’s
headquarter was placed in Lund in 1103.
In 1103 Erik Ejegod left for Jerusalem on pilgrimage. He only reached
Cypress, where he died. Queen Bodil continued to Jerusalem and died on
The Oil Mountain.
Queen Bodil was daughter of the German earl Thrugot.
Erik Ejegod had together with queen Bodil the son Knud Lavard, born
1096, dead 1131 and father to Valdemar den Store (The Great). He was
at first brought up by the nobleman Skjalm Hvide, after that he was at
Lothar, the later German king.
He was married to Ingeborg, daughter of grand duke Mstislav of
Russia. He was killed in Haraldsted Forrest near Ringsted by his
cousin Magnus, king Niels’ son, who would prevent Knud Lavard in
demanding the Danish crown. In 1169 Knud Lavard was made a saint by
Pope Alexander 3rd.
Together with different mistresses Erik Ejegod had the children:
Kesja, about 1080 - 1135
Emune, later king
married to Hakon Sunnivassøn. Ragnhild was the mother to Erik Lam.