Abel died the nobility against common practice passed over Abel’s sons, and
acclaimed Bengerd’s youngest son Christoffer.
This choice became the reason for conflicts in more generations. When Abel’s
descendants realized, that they were excluded from the crown benefiting a
younger line, they with so much greater eagerness hold on to the fact, that
their family had old reights to command in Jutland, and they were always ready
to join the new king-family’s enemies.
At the same time Christoffer came into an irreconcilable fight with the arch
bishop Jakob Erlandsøn.
When this fight was at its peak, the king suddenly died in Ribe (29th
May 1259) from poisoned altar wine. The rumours say, that he became poisoned
by abbot Arnfast from Ryd Monastery, who had poured it up.
Then Margrete, the kings widow, took control on behalf of their son Erik
Christoffer was buried in Ribe Cathedral.
Christoffer was son of Valdemar Sejr and queen Berengaria.
In 1248 married to Margrete Sambiria (1230-82) daughter of prince Sambor and
Christoffer and Margrete had the children:
Klipping, 1249-86, later king
married to Albrecht of Brandenburg
married to Johan of Holsten