Estridsen was a clever and educated man. It was he, who gave Adam of
Bremen information about the history of the Nordic Countries.
His most important deed was the arrangement of the Danish church and
especially of the bishops. The big Northern Jutlandic region was
parted into four. Thus Denmark had become the division, which lasted
during the Middle Ages.
West of The Great Belt there were six bishop regions: Slesvig, Ribe,
Århus, Viborg, Vendsyssel (Børglum) and Odense.
East of The Great Belt only two bishop regions: Roskilde and Lund. The
biggest was Lund’s region, which included Skåne, Halland, Blekinge
Svend’s intention was, that Lund should become quarter for a Nordic
archbishop, and he negotiated with the Pope about this.
But this plan was not executed in Svend’s lifetime.
His goal was to free the Danish church from control by the German
archbishops. He tied Denmark close to the Pope and limited by clever
wisdom Hamburg-Bremen’s influence.
The archbishop was Adalbert, a authoritative and high-striving person,
who as guardian for Henrik IV, governed Germany. As Svend Estridsen
had married a woman, who was his relative, Adalbert forced him to
divorce her, because the marriage went against the rules of the church.
When Adalbert would intervene in Denmark’s ecclesiastical society,
Svend Estridsen understood to stop him, without it came to an open
break between them.
In spite of his religious faith Svend Estridsen gave offence by having
The marriage to Queen Gunhild was broken up by demand from the church,
as he was his half-uncle.
Harald Hårderåde from Norway continued for 17 years to claim the
Danish Kingdom as legacy after Magnus den Gode. From Oslo, where he
build himself a castle, he kept a good look-out for the Danish
coastlines, and stroke when one least expected it, and raided the
Danish lands. He, however, never got the upper hand, and in 1064 he
gave up the hope for winning Denmark and made peace with Svend
Svend Estridsen was son of Ulf Jarl and Estrid Svendsdatter, who again
was a sister to Knud the Great.
Buried in Roskilde Cathedral.
Svend Estridsen had together with more wife’s and mistresses many
children, of whom 5 became kings.
later king (1041-90)
(den Hellige) later king (1041-86)
(Hunger) later king (1052-95)
(Ejegod) later king (1056-1103)
later king (1064-1134)
killed in 1086 in Odense together with Knud den Hellige (1048-86)
(1068 - married to king Kyrre of Norway