Reginald Knobhead

Reginald Knobhead

Original Name Ragnvald Knapphövde
Death 1126 (aged 25–26)
Burial Falköping, Falköpings kommun, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
Plot Raware kungshög (Raware Tumulus)
Memorial ID 15927547 · View Source
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King of Sweden. His years of birth and death are approximate as given, and his origin has been much debated and argued about for hundreds of years. Either he has been considered to be the son of an obscure local magnate called Olaf (Näskonung), his mother then being a descendant of King Hacon Red of Sweden (the Blood Swain), or he is considered the same person as the Steinchetellian Dynasty's Prince Reginald of Sweden, who was the only known son of King Ingold the Elder and Queen Helen. In that case the alleged earlier death noted for that prince would be incorrect. How Reginald or Reynold Knobhead came to assume or usurp the throne, and reigned in the mid-1120's, is not known either. In any case he was described as grand in size and bold in manner. His epithet of Knobhead has been interpreted either as a physical description of the shape of his round and/or small head or as a slur for stupidity. That he may have been remembered for, because he refused to post the customary hostages that were supposed to guarantee safe conduct when crossing provincial borders. In this instance, the transgression was committed when he was traveling with his court and entered into West Gothland, and he was duly assassinated on the spot. According to the Steinchetellian Dynasty version of his descent (also see Prince Reginald), he had no son, but daughter Ingrid married Prince Henry the Lame (Skadelår) of Denmark and Harold IV Gilchrist of Norway in turn, plus 2 more husbands. The somewhat safe assumption that he was buried near Karleby Church, in a tumulus which bears an old possessive form of his name, is based on local tradition and the fact that he was killed nearby.

Bio by: Count Demitz


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  • Originally Created by: Count Demitz
  • Added: 29 Sep 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 15927547
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