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Birth Name Valdemarsson, King of Denmark Christopher
Gender male
Age at Death about 39 years, 4 months, 28 days


Christopher I of Denmark
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Christopher I (1219 – May 29, 1259) was King of Denmark between 1252 and 1259. He was the son of Valdemar II of Denmark by his wife, Princess Berengária of Portugal, and brother to Abel and Eric IV. He was elected King upon the death of his older brother Abel in the summer of 1252.

The king spent most of his rule on trying to fight his many opponents. By accepting Abel's sons as rulers of South Jutland he prevented their demands on the throne but in return the border district was now more or less independent. He also had to be reconciled with the kings of Norway and Sweden which had been provoked by Abel's interventions and finally he had to yield to some of the political demands of the Danish magnates. The Danehof seems to have become an institution during his rule.

Christopher found himself excommunicated from the Catholic Church, while trying to have his brother Eric IV of Denmark canonized. Eric was supposedly murdered by brother King Abel in 1250. His men had arrested and humiliated the proud and self-righteous Archbishop Jakob Erlandsen after Erlandsen had refused to recognize Christopher's son, Eric, as his (Christopher's) rightful successor. But the excommunication had little or no effect, and Christopher was buried in Christian soil by the Bishop of Ribe upon his death on May 29, 1259.

Some claimed that the King died very "unexpectedly" and shortly after taking the Holy Communion, but proof that he was in fact poisoned has never been offered. Christopher's allies, however, apparently took to calling him Krist-Offer ("Christ's sacrifice").

Christopher (Kristoffer) married Margaret Sambiria of Kassuben and had three children:

Matilda (died 1311), married to Albert III, Margrave of Brandenburg
Margaret (died 1306), married Count John II of Holstein-Kiel
King Eric V of Denmark.



Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth about 1220 Copenhagen, Denmark    
Death 1259-05-29      

Age: 39y


Family of Valdemarsson, King of Denmark Christopher and Sambiria, Margaret

Unknown Partner Sambiria, Margaret ( * about 1224 + 1282-12-00 )
Name Birth Date Death Date
Christophersdatter, Matildaabout 12451311
Christophersdatter, Princess of Denmark Margaretabout 12471306
Christophersson, King of Denmark Erik V12491286-11-22

Source References

  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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