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Sigurd HARALDSSON, King of Norway

Male Abt 1133 - 1155  (~ 22 years)


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  • Name Sigurd HARALDSSON 
    Suffix King of Norway 
    Born Abt 1133  Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Jun 1155  Bergen, Hordaland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • “SIGURD Haraldsson, son of HARALD "Gille" King of Norway & his mistress Thora Guttormsdatter (-murdered 10 Jun 1155, bur Trondheim, Christ Church). Snorre names Sigurd as the son of Harald by "Thora, a daughter of Guthorm Grabarde", implying that he was born before his father's accession and was older than his half-brothers. He succeeded in 1136 as SIGURD Joint King of Norway. Snorre records that he was "in the north…fostered by Sadagyrd Bardson" when his father was murdered, but that his stepmother Queen Ingerid supported his candidacy to succeed as king. Snorre records that King Sigurd was murdered and buried "in the old Christ church out on the holm".
      Mistress (1): THORA, daughter of ---. Snorrer names "Thora…Simon the bonde's servant girl" as mother of Haakon "Herdebreid", son of King Sigurd.
      Mistress (2): ---. The name of King Sigurd's second mistress is not known.
      [Mistress (3): KRISTIN Sigurdsdatter, daughter of SIGURD King of Norway & his second wife Malmfred Mstislavna of Kiev ([1125]-1178). Snorre names "Harald…who called himself a son of King Sigurd Haraldson and the princess Kristin, and a brother of King Magnus by the mother's side", when recording that he was captured by Nikolas "Kufung" who brought him to Bergen "into Earl Erling's hands", who ordered him to be taken to Nordnes where he was beheaded.]
      Mistress (4): ---. The name of King Sigurd's fourth mistress is not known.
      Mistress (5): ---. The name of King Sigurd's fifth mistress is not known.
      [Mistress (6): GUNHILD, wife of UNAS Kambar, sister of Nikolas Sultan, daughter of --- (-after [1176]). The Saga of King Sverre records that Bishop Hroi in the Faroe Islands had a brother named "Unas Kambari" married to "a Norse wife…Gunnhild late in the reigns of the brothers Ingi, Sigurd and Eystein", naming her son "Sverri" whom she later claimed was the son of King Sigurd. Her death is dated from the Saga of King Sverre recording that she told her son who was his true father after he was 24 years old. A clue about her parentage is provided by the Saga of King Sverre which records that "Nikolas Sultan…brother of King Sverri's mother" spoke at the funeral of King Magnus [in Jun 1184][480].
      King Sigurd had one illegitimate son by Mistress (1):
      1. HAAKON "Herdibreid" (1147-7 Jul 1162). Snorre records the birth in 1147 of Haakon "Herdebreid", son of King Sigurd and Thora, who was brought up by "Simon Thorbergson and his wife Gunhild". He succeeded in 1157 as HAAKON "Broad-Shoulders" King of Norway. Snorre records that Haakon was chosen to lead King Eystein's forces, after the latter was murdered, at the age of ten.
      King Sigurd had one illegitimate son by Mistress (2):
      2. SIGURD "Markusfostre" (-executed Grafdal 29 Sep 1163). Snorre names Sigurd as a son of "King Sigurd Mun", recording that he was brought up by "an Upland man called Markus of Skog" and chosen king by the Upland people[483]. He succeeded in 1162 as SIGURD Joint King of Norway. Snorre records that Sigurd Sigurdson was captured on the island of Skarpa, brought to Bergen, beheaded outside of Grafdal 29 Sep 1163.
      King Sigurd had [one illegitimate son by Mistress (3)]:
      3. [HARALD Sigurdsson (-beheaded Nordnes [1172]). Snorre names "Harald…who called himself a son of King Sigurd Haraldson and the princess Kristin, and a brother of King Magnus by the mother's side", when recording that he was captured by Nikolas "Kufung" who brought him to Bergen "into Earl Erling's hands", who ordered him to be taken to Nordnes where he was beheaded.]
      King Sigurd had one possible illegitimate son by Mistress (4):
      4. [ERIK "Kongsson" (-Tunsberg summer 1190). The Saga of King Sverre names "Eirik said to be a son of King Sigurd Haralsson" and records that he proved his claim by ordeal of fire, in a later passage stating that King Sverre "gave oversight oof Trondheim to his brother Eirik". The Saga of King Sverre records that King Sverre gave his brother "Eirik Kings-son" the title Jarl after the death of King Magnus [in Jun 1184]. The Saga also records that "Eirik Kings-son" died in the summer at Tunsberg.] m ASA, daughter of --- (-Tunsberg summer 1190). The Saga of King Sverre names "Asa" as wife of "Eirik Kings-son", recording in a later passage that she died at Tunsberg on the same day as her husband. Erik & his wife had one child:
      a) MAGNUS Eriksson (-Tunsberg summer 1190). The Saga of King Sverre records the death of "their son…Magnus" two days after his parents.
      King Sigurd had one illegitimate daughter by Mistress (5):
      5. CECILIA Sigurdsdatter (-1185). The Saga of King Sverre records that Sverre went to "his sister Cecilia" the year after arriving in Norway. The primary source which confirms her first marriage has not yet been identified. The Saga of King Sverre records that King Sverre arranged the marriage of "his sister Cecilia" to "Bard Guthormsson of Rein", dated from the context to just after the death of King Magnus [15 Jun 1184]. m firstly (divorced) FOLKVID Lagmand in Värmland, son of ---. m secondly (after 15 Jun 1184) as his second wife, BAARD Guttormsson of Rein, son of GUTTORM Asulfsson of Rein & his [first/second/third wife] --- (-1194).
      King Sigurd had one possible illegitimate son by Mistress (6):
      6. [SVERRE Sigurdsson ([1152]-Bergen 9 Mar 1202, bur Bergen, Christ's Church). The Saga of King Sverre records that Sverre was born in Norway as the son of Unas Kambar, and taken to the Faroe Islands when aged five, there being brought up as the foster-son of his paternal uncle Bishop Hroi. The Saga records that his mother first told him that he was the son of King Sigurd Haraldsson when aged twenty-four, and that a year later he sailed for Norway to claim the throne. It appears from the Saga that this claimed paternity was never challenged, although the claim was made more than twenty years after the death of his putative father and is recorded only as being based on the word of his mother. Nor was Sverre recorded in the Saga as having been required to prove his paternity by ordeal, which had been a frequent practice in similar situations in the Norwegian royal family. King of the Birkebeine. He succeeded in 1184 as SVERRE King of Norway.]”

      “Snorre Sturlesson tells us that Sigurd was a smart king, of good manners and fine shape and was good looking, however, he had an ugly mouth and so he was called Sigurd Munn

      Gillesønnene ble tatt til konger etter farens død. Inge Krokrygg på
      Borgarting og Sigurd Munn på Øreting. Øystein kom til Norge og ble
      tatt til samkonge på Øreting i 1142 under formynderskap av de mektige
      lendermenn. Etter at Sigurd Slembe og Magnus Blinde var drept i 1139,
      hersket det fred mellom kongene.
      Da de ble voksne ble de imidlertid uenige. Sigurd var populær, men
      voldsom. Han og Øystein forsøkte forgjeves å avsette Inge, men i 1155
      ble Sigurd Munn drept av Inges menn i Bergen.
      I Sigurds regjeringstid ble erkebiskesetet i Nidaros opprettet.
      Av hans friller nevnes:
      1. Tora.
      2. Kristina, datter til Sigurd Jorsalfare.
      3 Gunhild som var mor til Sverre.
      Etter at Øystein ble drept av Inges menn i Båhuslen i 1157, var Inge
      enekonge til 1159, da Håkon Berdebrei ble tatt til motkonge. Inge
      Krokrygg falt i et slag ved Oslo mot Håkons menn i 1161.


      Sigurd had a relationship with Kristina Sigurdsdatter, daughter of King Sigurd I "Jorsalfare" Magnusson, Of Norway and Malmfrid of Kiev Mstislavsdatter, in Unmarried. (Kristina Sigurdsdatter was born about 1126 in Norway.)


      Sigurd also had a relationship with Gunhild Fra Sylte. (Gunhild Fra Sylte was born about 1135 in Faroe Islands and died in 1160 in Norway.)”««s48»», ««s87»» [1, 2]
    Person ID I9502  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 

    Father Harald “Gille” MAGNUSSON, King of Norway,   d. 14 Dec 1136, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Thora GUTTORMSDTR 
    Family ID F3352  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Various MISTRESSES 
    Children 
     1. Haakon “Herdibreid” HARALDSSON, King of Norway
     2. Sigurd “Markusfostre” HARALDSSON, King of Norway
     3. Harald HARALDSSON
     4. Erik “Kongsson” HARALDSSON
    +5. Cecilia SIGURDSDTR,   b. Abt 1155, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1185, Rein, Rissa, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years)
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F4709  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Gunnhild ASGAUTSDTR,   b. Abt 1135, Faroe Islands, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1160, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years) 
    Children 
     1. Sverre SIGURDSSON, King of Norway
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F3351  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S48] Ancestors of the Obrocks of Quincy, Illinois., Obrock, Paul E., Dr.

    2. [S87] Foundation for Medieval Genealogy., Foundation for Medieval Genealogy Trustees.