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 KINGS OF DENMARK

King  Erik Ejegod 

1056 - 1103             King  1095 - 1103

 

 

 

 

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Danish Kings, from Gorm the Old to the present Queen Margrethe 2nd

  

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Erik 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:

Harald Kesja, about 1080 - 1135
Benedikt, dead 1086
Erik Emune, later king
Ragnhild, married to Hakon Sunnivassøn. Ragnhild was the mother to Erik Lam.

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