Waldemar I (Knutson) Denmark

Valdemar Knudsen (Knutson) Denmark (1131 - 1182)

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King Valdemar Knudsen (Waldemar I) "Den Store, King of Denmark" Denmark formerly Knutson aka Thorgils
Born in Slesvigmap
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Died in Vordingborg, Danmarkmap
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KING OF DENMARK (1157–82).

Waldemar I (Waldemar the Great)wälˈdəmär, 1131–82, In 1147, Waldemar, Sweyn III, and Canute (son of Magnus the Strong and grandson of King Niels) each claimed the Danish throne. After a war Waldemar received Jutland as his share of Danish territory. When Canute was assassinated (probably on Sweyn's orders), Waldemar conducted a campaign against King Sweyn, whom he defeated (1157) in a great battle near Viborg. Although now supreme in Denmark, Waldemar found his country overrun by the Wends. With Henry the Lion of Saxony and Albert the Bear of Brandenburg he subjugated the Wends and forced them to accept Christianity. He became the vassal of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I in order to gain German support, but was later powerful enough to free himself from that control. Waldemar codified the laws and gained Norwegian territory. The marriages of his daughters to the sons of Frederick I, Eric X of Sweden, and Philip II of France increased his prestige. Archbishop Absalon was his adviser in ecclesiastical, political, and military affairs. Waldemar was succeeded by his son, Canute VI (reigned 1182–1202).

KING OF DENMARK (1157–82).

Waldemar I (Waldemar the Great)wälˈdəmär, 1131–82, king of Denmark (1157–82).

In 1147, Waldemar, Sweyn III, and Canute (son of Magnus the Strong and grandson of King Niels) each claimed the Danish throne. After a war Waldemar received Jutland as his share of Danish territory. When Canute was assassinated (probably on Sweyn's orders), Waldemar conducted a campaign against King Sweyn, whom he defeated (1157) in a great battle near Viborg. Although now supreme in Denmark, Waldemar found his country overrun by the Wends. With Henry the Lion of Saxony and Albert the Bear of Brandenburg he subjugated the Wends and forced them to accept Christianity. He became the vassal of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I in order to gain German support, but was later powerful enough to free himself from that control. Waldemar codified the laws and gained Norwegian territory. The marriages of his daughters to the sons of Frederick I, Eric X of Sweden, and Philip II of France increased his prestige. Archbishop Absalon was his adviser in ecclesiastical, political, and military affairs. Waldemar was succeeded by his son, Canute VI (reigned 1182–1202).

eight children http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/people/waldemar-i.html#ixzz2XRxU04tL http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/people/waldemar-i.html#ixzz2XSYiQLVz Valdemar I 'the Great' Knutsson, King of Denmark1 M, #105459, b. 14 January 1131, d. 12 May 1182 Last Edited=14 Jul 2005 Consanguinity Index=0.27% Valdemar I 'the Great' Knutsson, King of Denmark was born on 14 January 1131. He was the son of Knut Lavard Eriksson, Duke of South Jutland and Ingeborg of Novgorod. He married Sophie of Polotzk, daughter of Vladimir Rurik, Duke of Novgorod, circa 1154.2 He died on 12 May 1182 at age 51. He succeeded to the title of King Valdemar I of Denmark in 1157.2 Children of Valdemar I 'the Great' Knutsson, King of Denmark and Sophie of Polotzk: Helen Valdemarsdottir, Princess of Denmark+ d. 22 Nov 1233 Marie Valdemarsdottir Rikisa Valdemarsdottir, Princess of Denmark+3 d. 1220 Knud IV Valdemarsson, King of Denmark b. 1163, d. 12 Nov 1202 Valdemar II 'the Victorious' Valdemarsson, King of Denmark+1 b. 9 May 1170, d. 28 Mar 1241 Ingeborg Valdemarsdottir b. c 1175, d. bt 1237 - 1238 Sophie Valdemarsdottir b. b 1182 Margaret Valdemarsdottir b. b 1182 Citations [S38] John Morby, Dynasties of the World: a chronological and genealogical handbook (Oxford, Oxfordshire, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1989), page 149. Hereinafter cited as Dynasties of the World. [S16] Jirí Louda and Michael MacLagan, Lines of Succession: Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe, 2nd edition (London, U.K.: Little, Brown and Company, 1999), table 16. Hereinafter cited as Lines of Succession. [S16] Louda and MacLagan, Lines of Succession, table 27. http://www.thepeerage.com/p10546.htm#i105459

Valdemar den Store grew up partly at Skjalm Hvide’s son, Asser Rig, together with Absalon and Esben Snare, and partly at his mothers family in Russia. Valdemar den Store was by-king, together with Knud III and Svend Grathe. Valdemar had escaped the blood-party in Roskilde, where Knud was murdered, and he himself wounded. The clash at Grathe Hede, where Svend Grathe was killed. Then 26 years of brother-war had finished.

Valdemar was tall and handsome, but childish and hot-tempered, and could also be unsteady and cruel. Hardly would Valdemar have been able to raise Denmark from the extreme misery until great happines, if not a number of excellent men had been at his side. The best was the kings friend Absalon, with whom he had grown up, a man with great strength and clear-sightedness, so that everybody had to yield to his superiority. Strong and brave as a Viking and equipped with an eloquently, which was like a “double-edged sword“. He was able to create peace and order at the restless Zealand landsting (court). He even scolded king Valdemar himself, when he thought he was too unsure or way too tough. In Paris he had been educated in scolarship of that time. His great goal was Denmark’s power and honor and the happiness of the people.

The divided people should gather around a great national task, that was the fight against the dangerous Vender. The kingdom and the church should merge into a great cooperation, and by that become far stronger, and raise Denmark’s culture to the same level as the civilized Europe. Shortly after Valdemar had become sole-king, Absalon was elected bishop in Roskilde, and by that he got the position, where he could show his ability as Denmarks greatest leader. Saxo calls him the peoples father.

The Venders were in the 12th century still heathens, and in the times of the king-feud, they attacked the Danish shores, which were defenseless. Denmarks military was in decay. People were unwilling to go to war, and only with great difficulty Valdemar and Absalon succeeded in gathering a small fleet from Zealand and Skåne, and they left for a looting-raid at the Vendic coast. As this small raid was a success, the raids were repeated each year with greater and greater parcipitation, at first to loot, later to conquer.

The soul in this Christian Viking-raids was Absalon, brave and clever. Together with his brother Esben Snare he carried out many famous deeds.

14th June 1169 he captured Arkona, and the god Svantevit’s picture was knocked over. Priests were employed at Rygen, which was placed under Roskilde Stift, and people of Rygen’s prince was a Danish county-chief.

Castles were build to protect the shores: Havn in 1167 (Copenhagen) was build by Absalon. Sprogø and Vordingborg by Valdemar, Kalundborg by Esben Snare, Fåborg, Svendborg and Nyborg.

In front of Dannevirke’s soil platform Valdemar den Store (the Great) let build a wall of tiles, called Valdemar’s Wall, and in front of this a moat and outer-platform. On the grave plate at Valdemar den Store’s coffin, this masterpiece is regarded as equal to his victory over the Venders.

Chacedrals were build in Slesvig, Ribe, Århus and Viborg together with series of parish-churches, which now were build of stone.

Valdemar den Store died on the 12th of May 1182. Buried in Ringsted.

Valdemar den Store was son of Knud Lavard and Ingeborg. In 1157 he was married in Viborg to the graceful Sophie (1141-98), daughter of Russian prince and Richiza, who was sister to Knud 3rd Magnussen. http://www.danmarkskonger.dk/king19.htm

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Notes

He was the son of Canute Lavard, a chivalrous and popular Danish prince, who was the eldest son of Eric I of Denmark. Valdemar's father was murdered by Magnus the Strong days before the birth of Valdemar; his mother, Ingeborg of Kiev, daughter of Mstislav I of Kiev and Christina Ingesdotter of Sweden, named him after her grandfather, Vladimir Monomakh of Kiev.

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King of Denmark
Reign: 1157–1182
Predecessor: Sweyn III
Successor: Canute VI Duke of Schleswig
Reign: 1152–1154
Predecessor: Magnus
Successor: Christopher
Consort: Sophia of Minsk
among others... Issue
Canute VI
Valdemar II
Ingeborg, Queen of France
Helena of Denmark, Lady of Lüneburg
Richeza, Queen of Sweden
Christopher of Jutland
Full name: Valdemar Knudsen
House: House of Estridsen
Father: Canute Lavard
Mother: Ingeborg of Kiev
Born 14 January 1131
Died: 12 May 1182 (aged 51)
Vordingborg
Burial: St. Bendt's Church, Ringsted
Religion Roman Catholicism
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