became guardian for Valdemar and had him crowned as king when 11 years
of age to drive away Christoffer 2nd.
Valdemar abdicated in 1330, and was until his death duke of South
The time without a king from 1332 - 1340.
The kingdom of Denmark was parted, and no king was elected after
Christoffers death, and those, who had the pawns, adapted to keep
their pawn-lands as permanent possessions. But the Danes felt strongly
troubled by the Germanís governing.
Already in 1332 the SkŚninger kicked out Johanís bailiffs and
troops, and joined the Swedish king, Magnus Smek, who bought the
mortgage deed from Johan.
In 1334 Christofferís son Otto tryed to incite the Jutlanders, but
was defeated at Taphede by Gert and was put into custody at Segeberg.
However, the indignation of the foreigners violent command grew in
Jutland. When duke Valdemar became of age he worried about the great
power of his uncle.
Gert already possessed West Holsten, Fuen and North Jutland, and began
to acquire parts of South Jutland.
Duke Valdemar contacted the kings son Valdemar, and the Jutlandic
squires, and they wanted the Danisk kingdom restored.
Count Gert armed most possible to crush the resistance in the
beginning, and seized North Jutland.
Then he in Randers the 1st April 1340 during the night was
attacked and killed by a number of Jutlandic men with Niels Ebbesen in
By this deed the situation was suddenly changed.
Gertís corpse was by his sons carried to Holsten. The troops were
dissolved and went vandalizing toward the south, chased by the
peasants, and only some strong castles remained in possession of the
All summer the Jutlanderís fought to seize the castles continued,
until Niels Ebbesen was killed the 2nd November 1340 at
Skanderborg. Niels Ebbesen and his brothers, and the rest of Den
Kullede Grevesís killers, whose corpses the Holsteners found were
While these fightings took place in Jutland, negotiations were
conducted between the princes, which were concluded in the settlement
in LŁbeck 1340.
Gertís sons, Jernhenrik and Klaus abandoned totally their fatherís
great plans to establish a new kingdom.
It was agreed, that Valdemar (Valdemar 4th Atterdag) should
become king of Denmark.
Valdemar 3rd was son of duke Erik 2nd of South
Jutland and Adelheid.
Valdemar was married to Richardis of Sachsen-Lauenburg, and they had
one son Henrik,
A Lord Mayor in Ribe and his wife
A Knightís Wife