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King Erik Klipping

1249 - 1286             King  1259 - 1286
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Erik Klipping’s mother rouled on his behalf, until he became of age. When the young king became of age, he at all times were in conflict with the nobility.

In the end he had to accept to issue a letter of obligation (Håndfæstning) in 1282, by which was put limits to the kings possibilities of interference in the administration of justice, and it was decided, that every year should be hold a public meeting (Danehof), at which the king met with the nobilities, “the kingdoms best men”.

Still there was no lasting peace. The nobilities, let by count Jakob of Halland and Marsk Stig, continued to be the kings enemies. Also duke Valdemar of South Jutland joined them.

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The murder in Finnerup Lade. Old lithography from Hjortsvang Museum

King Erik Klipping was murdered in his bed 22nd November 1286 in Finnerup by Viborg. He was murdered by his own with 56 knife wounds.
The contemporary Ryd Årbog tells, that it was due to a conspiracy, and was committed in a lonely situated barn.
Later has modern examinations proven, that he was badly maltreated.
Buried in Viborg Cathredral.

Erik Klipping was son of Christoffer 1st and queen Sambiria.
In 1273 married to Agnes of Brandenburg (1258-1304), daughter of count Johann 1st of Brandenburg.

Erik Klipping and queen Agnes had the children:
Erik Menved, 1274-1319, later king
Christoffer 2nd, 1276-1332, later king
Valdemar, died 1304
Margrete, died 1341, was married to king Birger Magnusson of Sweden
Richiza, died 1308, was married to prince Nicolaus 2nd of Werle in Mecklrnburg.


 

                                                                                      

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