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Valdemar I The Great
Birth: Jan. 14, 1131
Death: May 12, 1182

Danish Monarch. He reigned as King of Denmark from 1154 to 1182. The grandchild of King Erik I of Denmark, his parents were Duke Sct. Knud Lavard and Duchess Ingeborg of Russia. His father was murdered a few months after his birth and he was brought up in the noble Hvide-family together with his later companion Archbishop Absalon of Lund and Roskilde. In 1154 he was made Co-king of the kings Svend III and Knud III. The 3 kings ruled different parts of the country, which was divided by civil-war. His co-kings were out maneuvered and eventually killed in battle. By 1157 he was the sole ruler of the kingdom. Now he and Absalon started a crusade against the pagan Wends, who lived in the Pommerania and Mecklenburg area in Northern Germany. They were defeated and christened by the sword in 1159. Valdemar I was a great church and castle-builder. He raised the Skt. Bendts Church in Ringsted as the burial church for the royal family and as a shrine for the Saintly remains of his murdered father.1157 he married the Russian princess Sofia of Novgorod, and among his 9 children were the Danish kings Knud IV and Valdemar II. His daughter Ingeborg or Isembourg was unhappily married to the French king Philippe II Auguste. (bio by: Benny Chordt Hansen) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Sophia Vladimirovna of Denmark (1140 - 1198)*
 
 Children:
  Canute VI of Denmark (1163 - 1202)*
  Valdemar II of Denmark (1170 - 1241)*
  Ingeburg of Denmark (1175 - 1236)*
  Helena of Denmark (1180 - 1233)*
  Richeza of Denmark (1182 - 1220)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Sankt Bendts Kirke
Ringsted
Ringsted Kommune
Sjślland, Denmark
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Benny Chordt Hansen
Record added: Mar 11, 2005
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Valdemar I The Great
Added by: Benny Chordt Hansen
 
Valdemar I The Great
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Happy Birthday in Heaven! GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGrand Father
-Anonymous
 Added: Jan. 15, 2016
RIP gggggggggrand father! Your Majesty
-Anonymous
 Added: Jan. 15, 2016
On your birthday..
- Linda ♥
 Added: Jan. 14, 2016
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