Erik Ejegod died on crusade to The Holy Land, Niels was elected king.
He was a powerless king and very mean. The severe regulations of the
law were softened, and law and order became less. At the same time the
country was raided by Vendic robber gangs.
9th August 1113 he lost a battle at Lytjenborg in Venden.
At Fotevig in Skåne he also fought a battle in 1134, but lost, and
Niels fled to Urnehoved, where he appointed Harald Kesja by-king.
Then king Niels left for Slesvig, where the people killed him. He is
buried in Slesvig Cathedral.
Niels was son of Svend Estridsen. Married about 1104 to Margrete
Fredkulla (died about 1127), daughter of king Inge of Sweden, was
first married to king Magnus Barfod of Norway. The byname Fredkulla
means “the peace girl”, as her first marriage was part of the
peace treaty between Sweden and Norway.
Niels was married second time in 1130 to Ulvhild, daughter of the
Norwegian chief Hakon Finssøn. Ulvhild was first married to king Inge
the Younger of Sweden. She left Niels to marry king Sverker of Sweden.
King Niels and Margrete had the children:
(1106-12), kicked to death by a horse.
about 1106-34), married to Richiza of Poland. Magnus was killed at
King Niels had together with a mistress the daughter Ingertha,
married to one of Knud Lavard’s murderers, Ubbe Jarl.