1146 Erik Lam joined a monastry, and Knud was elected king by the Jutlanders,
at the same time Svend Grathe was acclaimed by the Zealanders. It gave civil
All of them looked for support at the German emperor Frederik I Barbarossa,
who gave the crown to Svend, and various provinces to Knud and Valdemar.
The war continued. After a brief defeat, where Knud had to surrender to
Germany, but he returned together with a Saxen army to help.
In the summer of 1157 they agreed to a compromise, where each of them should
have one third of Denmark.
When after some time a settlement gathering was to take place in the kings
castle in Roskilde, known as “The blood party in Roskilde”, Svend, however,
tried to get rid of Knud and Valdemar.
They were attacked by armed men, and they themselves had brought no weapon to
the gathering, so they had only their bare hands to protect themselves. Knud
was killed, but badly wounded Valdemar succeeded in escaping and went to
Jutland, where he gathered a large peasant-army.
Svend followed together with his army, but lost in the fight against the
peasant-army. After the fight Svend was killed by a peasant at Grathe Hede
(Heath) near Viborg (1157).
Svend got the byname Grathe from the place, where he died.
Valdemar was now acclaimed sole-king.
Knud 3rd Magnussen was son of Magnus Nielsen and Richiza. Magnus
was son of king Niels.
About 1154 he was married to a daughter of king Sverker 1st of
Knud 3rd had quite a few children with mistresses.