Birger Brosa Bengtsson

Birger Bengtsson (bef. 1134 - 1202)

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Birger (Birger Brosa) "Jarl of Sweden" Bengtsson
Born before in Bjälbo, Östergötland, Sverigemap
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Husband of — married in Ostergotlands, Swedenmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Jönköping, Jönköping, Sverigemap
Profile last modified | Created 28 May 2016
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Categories: House of Bjälbo | Jarlar | Jarls, Sweden.

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Birger Brosa was the son of Bengt Snivil. He became king Knut's jarl around 1174 and was the king's closest aid. There was peace during Knut's reign and a treaty was signed with Lübeck for trade between the city and Sweden.

Birger married king Magnus Henriksson's widow Brigida Haraldsdotter, a bastard daughter of the king of Norway, Harald IV. Together they had at least seven children.

In the summer of 1174 a nephew to Brigida, Östen, who was trying to dethrone the Norwegian king and become king himself, sought up Birger and Birgita to get support. He stayed a while in Sweden and returned with men his aunt and uncle had lent him. Unfortunately, he died at Re in 1177. Another usurper for the throne came to Östergötland December 22, 1176, Sverre Sigurdsson, to seek support from Birger. He had however, become more reserved, and did not want to support more than one prospective king at a time. Sverre Sigurdsson stayed over Christmas, and when news arrived that Östen had died at Re the question who would take his place as the leader of the Birkebein Party Brosa's sons were suggested but Birger turned that down because of their young age. He instead suggested that Sverre Sigurdsson would take the lead and that was accepted by the Norwegians. Important bonds had now been tied between the two countries. Birger's eldest son Filip later became Sverre's and Norway's jarl and the sister of king Erik married Sverre Sigurdsson after he became king in 1184.

Two Danish relatives of Birger's, Karl and Knut from Halland, showed up soon after Sverre. They had led a rebellion against the Danish king and now needed a place to stay. Harald Skreng who also sought the Danish crown also visited Birger.

Birger died in 1202.


The word brosa means "the smiling one"


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Birger Brosa's Coat of Arms
Birger Brosa's Coat of Arms


On 28 May 2017 at 12:54 GMT C (Sälgö) S wrote:


On 16 Nov 2016 at 06:01 GMT Lena (Johansson) Svensson wrote:

Jarl in Sweden-1 and Bengtsson-805 appear to represent the same person because: same name, same father

On 23 Jun 2016 at 17:22 GMT Lena (Johansson) Svensson wrote:

Folkkungaätten-4 and Bengtsson-805 appear to represent the same person because: Bengtsson is the correct LNAB since Folkkungaätten is a later constrtuction.

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