Knud VI Valdemarson

Knud Valdemarson (1163 - 1202)

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Knud IV Valdemarsson, King of Denmark b. 1163, d. 12 November 1202



Knud IV Valdemarsson, King of Denmark was born in 1163. He was the son of Valdemar I 'the Great' Knutsson, King of Denmark and Sophie of Polotzk. He married Gertrude von Sachsen, daughter of Heinrich V Herzog von Braunschweig-Lüneburg and Clementia von Zähringen, in 1177.1 He died on 12 November 1202.

He held the office of Co-regent of Denmark in 1165.3 He succeeded to the title of King Knud IV of Denmark on 12 May 1182.1 Citations [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. [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 60. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families. [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.

King Knud the 4 th 1163 - 1202 King 1182 - 1202

The young king Knud was a very tall man, over two meters. History praises him for piousness and chasteness, but a real ruler-nature he was not. In his first years of governing it is the men from his fathers days, first and foremost Absalon, who is leading, and in his later time of governing he is drawn behind his younger brother, the victorious Valdemar.

But his governing was succesfull. What his father for many years had had to fight for, even what he has not dared to aim at, that the son felt easily comming. When emperor Barbarossa demanded oath from him, Absalon answered on Knud’s behalf a firm no: “King Knud is just as free a master as emperor Frederik Barbarossa, and has just as legal rights to the kingdom of Denmark as he to the Roman kingdom“.

The emperor, whose army was fully engaged at other parts of the country, had to accept this refusal, but had by gifts and promises, Pommern’s duke Bugislav attack the Danish vasal Jaromar of Rygen. As soon as Jaromar heard that Bugislav was gathering his fleet against him, he sent quick message to Absalon, who in a hurry sent Zealands and the smaller islands fleet off.

Whit Monday 1184, when Bugislav’s great fleet rowed through the sound between Rygen and the mainland in dense fog, Absalon fell unexpected upon them. And as soon as the Venders saw the Danish banners and heard the Danish songs of war, they were stricken by fear and fled almost without fight, partly through the narrow sound, partly over land through bogs and forests. Many drowned or were chopped down, and the Danish fighters had an immense amount of war-goods to share.

The message of this decicive victory reached far and wide. The emperor received it in Mainz, well it came all the way to Miklagård (Komstantinopel), and when king Knud had one of the participants tell about it at Viborg Ting (court), the Jutlanders abandoned their deep-rooted resentment against the Vender-raids, and accepted willingly to equip the fleet for a new raid the same year. And in 1185 the Danish again raided against Bugislav and surrounded him in Kammin. The defeated Vender-count, who no help could expect from the emperor, had to surrender and place hostages for his loyalty. He went together with wife and children to king Knud, throw himself in front of his feet and handed himself over to his mercy, after which Knud, touched by his misfortune, got him up. At the same minute an enormous thonderstorm broke out. It meant the end of the slaves, the Danish said. Next year Bugislav came to Roskilde and wore the sword for the king as his man.

In Obotriterlandet two Vendic princes still ruled, Niklot and Borvin. But not long after (1187) they were cought by the Dansih county-chiefs Jaromar and Bugislav, and were only released after swearing oath to king Knud.

He now called himself King of the Danes and the Slavers, and from that time the Danish kings have in their title kept the words “The Danes and Venders king”. (Danish kings used this title until 1972). Denmark could now correctly regard itself as one of the leading superpowers in the Baltic Sea. Denmarks borders now went along the river Elben.

King of Denmark Reign 1182–1202 Predecessor Valdemar I the Great Successor Valdemar II the Victorious Consort Gertrude of Bavaria Full name Canute Valdemarsen House Estridsen Father Valdemar I Mother Sophia of Minsk Born c. 1163 12 November 1202 (aged 38–39) Burial St. Bendt's Church, Ringsted Religion Roman Catholicism


AFT 12 NOV 1202 Cathedral, Ringsted, Soro, Denmark


Canute VI (1163 – 12 November 1202) was King of Denmark (1182–1202). Canute VI was the eldest son of King Valdemar I and Sophia of Polotsk.The seal of Canute VI, dating from the 1190s, is the earliest known example of the coat of arms of Denmark. The only known copy of this insignia was discovered in Schwerin, Germany in 1879. The king's closed crown differs from the open crowns shown on the seals of his successors. : King of Denmark Reign 1182–1202 Predecessor Valdemar I the Great Successor Valdemar II the Victorious Consort Gertrude of Bavaria Full name Canute Valdemarsen House Estridsen Father Valdemar I Mother Sophia of Minsk Born c. 1163 12 November 1202 (aged 38–39) Burial St. Bendt's Church, Ringsted Religion Roman Catholicism [1]


Knud is the correct Danish first name at birth. Other versions of this name are Canute and Knut


  1. Entered by Sheri Sturm.


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On 21 Jun 2013 Lars Vad wrote:

sorry, wrong Family, son of Valdemar the great son of knud larvards

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On 4 Aug 2019 at 07:49 GMT R (Østenstad) Teschner wrote:

Valdemarsen-4 and Valdemarson-1 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicates based on dates. One of the profiles was incorrectly linked to grandparents instead of parents; this has been corrected.

On 11 Oct 2018 at 20:46 GMT Mindy Silva wrote:

Hi Lars

Knuds mother is listed as dying in 1137, while Knud's birth estimate is 1163 (26 years later). Which estimate needs to be adjusted?

Let me know if I can help in any way,

Mindy Silva

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