before the rumour that Abel had taken part in the murder of king Erik
Plovpenning, he had come into possession of the crown.
He imprisoned some of Erik’s faithful men, and hastened to Viborg Landsting
(court) and was there elected king. And later that year (1st
November) he and Mechtilde was crowned in Lund’s Cathedral.
Abel disclaimed all responsibility in Erik’s death, but Erik’s murderer
were not punished, but kept their heigh positions in Abel’s castle.
As king, Abel turned out to be a forceful and skilful ruler, and of all the
brothers the one, who had inherited the most of their fathers talents.
Abel tryed to drag the kingdom into the rising trading by promoting the German
tradesmens connections to Denmark. Lybæk had confirmed their old rights, and
also Hamborg and the new towns Rostok and Vismar got trading rights, just like
trading agreements were concluded with the Dutch towns.
In the summer of 1252 king Abel left for the Friser together with his army.
What the conflict was about is not known, but probably it has been about the
taxes. He was unlucky, and on Husum Bridge he was killed.
In Ryd Årbogen she is called “Daughter of the Devil” and in Jutlands
History Book about 1300 tells, that the connection between Abel and Mechtilde
caused much misery in Denmark.
King Abel was son of Valdemar Sejr and queen Berengaria.
In 1237 married to Mechtilde of Holsten, daughter of Adolf 4th of
Holdten and Helvig of Lippe.
Abel and Mechtilde had the children:
1238-57, duke of South Jutland.
1240-72, married to Margrete, daughter of prince Jaromar of Rügen