Håkon III Sverresson, king from 1202 to 1204. Hakon Sverresson was the illegitimate son of King Sverre. After his father's death, he was recognized as king of Birchlegs . Following the advice that King Sverre should have given him on his deathbed, who died on 9 March 1202, declared that he had no other son alive than Håkon. He also wrote a letter to Håkon advising him to settle the longstanding dispute with the church. When Haakon Sverresson was detained in 1203 at Borg of Østfold, he encountered here a woman by the name of Inga, from the farms Varteig in Eidsberg, a daughter of Olaf Håvardsson. She lived with King Haakon, and they had a son Haakon Håkonsson "the Old", who was born after his father's death in 1204. When the news of Sverre's death reached Håkon and the Birkebeiner assembled in Nidaros, Håkon was first taken as chieftain by the Birkebeiner. The same spring he was taken as king at the council in Nidaros. During his short reign as king. Haakon attempted to heal the wounds of the nation after a bitter Civil War. He reached out to the exiled clergy and asked for them to return from their overseas locations. Bishops, who had gone into exile under King Sverre, now came back to Norway and the ecclesiastical ban was lifted. In addition to this also went bagler party which dissolved, and all the people fell under King Hakon. The country had thus made peace again.
Near Christmas in 1203 King Haakon traveled to Bergen - together with his stepmother Queen Margrete Eriksdatter, the widow of King Sverre Sigurdsson, and their daughter Kristin, King Haakon's half sister. It was on this trip to Bergen that King Haakon Sverresson Became seriously sick and died, probably poisoned by his stepmother Margrete Eriksdatter. He died January 1, 1204 when Hakon suddenly fell ill and passed away. There were rumors that his stepmother, Dowager Queen Margrete , had killed him with poison.
The Sagas depicting him as a beautiful, eloquent and gifted man. Also, Haakon is considered the first king of a reunited Norway and his rule marked the official end of the Norwegian Civil War.
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