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Birth Name Christophersson, King of Denmark Erik V
Gender male
Age at Death 37 years, 10 months, 21 days


Eric V of Denmark
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Eric V "Klipping" (1249-1286) was King of Denmark (1259-1286) and son of Christopher I. Until 1264 he ruled under the auspices of his mother, the competent Queen Dowager Margaret Sambiria. In this period he was for some time 1261-1262 a prisoner in Holstein after a military defeat and afterwards he was for some years brought up in Brandenburg. He tried to enforce his power over church and nobility. His conflict with former was brought to a sitisfying result but 1282 he was forced by the latter to accept an agreement (a "handfastening" - a kind of a Danish Magna Carta) which limited his authority. In the 1270s, Erik Glipping attacked Småland.

A never-ending rivalry between Eric and his supporters on one side, and the kin of former King Abel on the other, made Queen Margrethe write to the Pope in Rome aroung 1262 or 1263, asking the Pope to allow for women to inherit the Danish throne, thus making it possible for one of Eric's sisters to become reigning Queen of Denmark in the event of the young King's death (he had no children as of yet). The Pope seemingly agreed, but it never became an issue; Eric was succeded by his son, who was named Eric after his uncle, Eric IV "Ploughpenny".

Eric Klipping was assasinated November 22, 1286, and a number of the nation's most powerful noblemen, led by Marsk Stig Andersen Hvide were outlawed by the Danish court. Whether or not they actually had anything to do with the murder, which took place in a small village near Viborg called Finderup, is still being questioned; the King's death meant that they lost almost all the power and influence that the 1282 charter had given them, since a new King would not be bound by the same agreement. The murder of Eric Klipping, who was stabbed to death in his sleep, is a middle-age murder mystery which has never really been solved. Some historians have tried to point out the Duke of South Jutland but no prove has been found.



Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1249 Copenhagen, Denmark    
Death 1286-11-22 Assasinated at Finderup, Denmark    

Age: 37y


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Valdemarsson, King of Denmark Christopherabout 12201259-05-29
Mother Sambiria, Margaretabout 12241282-12-00
    Sister     Christophersdatter, Matilda about 1245 1311
    Sister     Christophersdatter, Princess of Denmark Margaret about 1247 1306
         Christophersson, King of Denmark Erik V 1249 1286-11-22

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  1. Michael Neuman: Caldwell and related families
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        ID: I26363
        Name: King of Norway Sigurd Slembedjakn Magnusson
        Sex: M
        Birth: ABT 1100 in Bergen, Norway
        Death: 1134 in Bergen, Norway

        Father: King of Norway Magnus "Barefoot" Olafsson b: 1073 in Bergen, Norway
        Mother: Margareta Ingesdatter b: ABT 1076 in Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden

        Marriage 1 Queen of Norway and Denmark Malmfrida b: ABT 1100 in Kiev, Ukraine
        Has Children Christina Sigurdsdotter b: ABT 1120 in Bergen, Norway


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