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King Erik Plovpenning
1216-50            King  1241-50

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Erik Valdemarsøn, called Plovpenning, had already at an adge of 16 years become king. He was 25 years, when Valdemar Sejr died, and he became Denmark’s king.
He was a hot-blooded and aggressive young man, and willful over his power. Erik Plovpenning cut off Valdemarerne’s good cooperation with the church, and severe opposition arised against bishop Niels Stigsen Hvide in Roskilde and Jacob Erlandsen in Lund. Now the Hvide family’s enmity against the king was a fact.
Even he lived in hostility with his brothers, especially with Abel.
There were more acts og war between the two brothers, gradually Denmark was in a state of plain anarchy.

During a break in the civil war king Erik introduced the unpopular plough-tax, which gave him the by-name Plovpenning.
In the year 1250 hostility again broke out between the brothers, and Erik was captured and taken hostage and taken to a boat at Slien, where one of Abel’s men, Lave Gudmundsøn, beheaded king Erik.

Erik Plovpenning was son of Valdemar Sejr and queen Berengaria. In 1239 married to Jutta of Sachsen, daughter of duke Albrecht 1st of Sachsen.

Erik Plovpenning and queen Jutta had the children:
Sofie, 1240-86, married to king Valdemar Birgersson of Sweden.
Ingeborg, 1244-87, married in 1261 to Magnus 6th Lagabøte of Norway.
Jutta, 1245-84
Agnes, 1249-90.


                                                                                

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