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Sigurd Magnusson (1089 - 1130)

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Sigurd (Sigurd I) "Jorsalfar, The Crusader, The Jerusalem farer" Magnusson
Born in Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norwaymap
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Died in Oslo, Oslo, Norwaymap
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Categories: Norwegian Nobility.


King. Parents: King Magnus Olafson III Barefoot (1073-1103) and Tora. Married about 1116-1120 with Malmfrid Mstislavsdatter (about 1100-ca. 1140). Half-Brother of kings Øystein I Magnusson (ca. 1088-1123), Olav Magnusson (1098-115) and Harald IV Gille (ca. 1102-1136) and of Sigurd Slembe (died 1139); father of King Magnus IV Sigurdsson "the Blind" (ca. 1115-1139) and Kristin Sigurdsdatter (ca. 1125-1178); son-in-law Erling Skakke (died 1179); grandfather of King Magnus Erlingsson V (1156-1184).

Sigurd the Crusader (Old Norse: Sigurðr Jórsalafari, Norwegian: Sigurd Jorsalfar), also known as Sigurd Magnusson I, according to the sagas he was the son of Magnus Barefoot and conquered English woman "of good seed." He accompanied his father on his last expedition, and when he returned, he became co-rulers with his brothers Øystein and Olav. Olav died in 1115, Øystein in 1123, and Sigurd was then sole king until his death in 1130.

In 1108 Sigurd sailed from Norway with a fleet of crusaders. He fought against the Moors in Spain. In 1110 they came to the kingdom of Jerusalem. In the year 1111, they helped King Balduin of Jerusalem in the conquest of Sidon , visited the emperor in Constantinople and made the journey home through Hungary and Germany. From Norway he went on a new crusade to the semi pagan Smaland in 1123. Said to have built the church and Kastell in Konungahella on the border with Denmark.

Under Sigurd and his brothers the Diocese of Stavanger was created and the fixed årstienden was introduced. Sigurd was buried in Hallvard Church in Oslo, where at least choir and transept must have been completed in 1130. As heir to the throne, with his concubine they had Magnus. With queen Malmfrid he had daughter Kristin, who married Erling Skakke.


  • HKR
  • Morkinskinna, spare. by K. Flokenes, Stavanger 2001
  • NFH, Vol. 2, 1855, pp. 539-713
  • AW Brøgger: "Sigurd the Crusader burial in Oslo Cathedral", in St. Hallvard, Vol. 1, 1915, pp. 24-49
  • H. Koht: "King Sigurd on Jorsal Expedition", in HT, rk. 5, vol. 5, 1924, pp. 153-168
  • ds: biography in NBL1, Vol. 13, 1958
  • B. Dichter: Sigurd the Crusader. King of Norway in Acre, Acre 1970
  • P. Holck: "Sigurd the Crusader skull on Akershus", the Viking 46, 1983, pp. 112-123
  • AO Johnsen: Sigurd the Crusader stay in England (1108-1109), NASL Avh. II New *Series no. 19, 1984
  • ANH, Vol. 3, 1995
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Sigurd alleged skull kept in the castle chapel at Akershus in the company of the deceased members of the current royal family. The Skulls origin is uncertain and not well documented. In the literature, Sigurd the Crusader treated by including Bjornson in play Sigurd Crusader, 1871. The music for the play is by Edvard Grieg .

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On 28 Jan 2017 at 03:44 GMT Katherine (Alvis) Patterson wrote:

Ulfsson-29 and Magnusson-175 are not ready to be merged because: More info needed

On 27 Jan 2017 at 19:04 GMT Lena (Johansson) Svensson wrote:

Ulfsson-29 and Magnusson-175 appear to represent the same person because: Almost same dates. Unattached profile

On 5 Jun 2015 at 22:16 GMT Charles Schulzke wrote:

Sigurd I Magnusson, King of Norway also went by the nick-name of 'Jerusalemfahrer' (or in English, 'Father of Jerusalem').

Fahrer would not mean father. I don't speak medieval Norwegian, but a close German analog tells me this means "traveler," not father. Which makes a bit more sense.

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