Menved was crowned king in 1287, when his father had been
brutally murdered in Finnerup Lade.
His mother, queen Agnes, headed a guardian government, until
Erik Menved became of age.
At a Danehof (court) in Nyborg a committee of princes and
knights was founded to convict the murderer of Erik Klipping.
Erik 6th Menved
and queen Ingeborg expressed in Ringsted Church
The common opinion
was, that those guilty were the same noblemen , who had let the
resistance against the murdered king.
The founded committee convicted accordingly seven knights and two
armed men into exile as guilty of murdering the king, among them Jakob
of Halland, Marsk Stig and Rane Jonsøn.
Erik Menved dreamed of returning to Valdemar Sejr’s era again, and
once more to gain Denmark’s power in the Baltic Sea. Greater luck
Erik appeared to have regarding his plans in North Germany, where the
broken up conditions made it easy to gain ground.
Lübeck, Rostock and other towns submitted more or less forced, and
the German emperor renewed Frederik 2nd’s letter of
refrain regarding the land north of Elben.
This expansion of power was mere appearance than reality, and caused
damage to Erik Menved, because his war-raids brought him constantly in
shortage of money.
He tried to make up for that in three ways. To issue poorer coins, to
increase taxes and to take large loans.
Fierce resistance grew against his governing. Both Jutlandic squires
and peasants rioted, which had to be crushed with severity.
Even the kings brother Kristoffer rebelled openly, and went himself
for the throne.
When Erik died in 1319, the economy was in a miserable condition. Fuen,
Skåne and in addition many estates owned by the king were pawned for
Buried in St. Bendts Church in Ringsted.
Erik Menved was son of Erik Klipping and queen Agnes.
In 1296 married to Ingeborg of Sweden, daughter of king Magnus Ladelås
of Sweden and Helvig of Holsten.
Erik Menved and Ingeborg had, as it was told, at least eight children,
who all died as tender.