Wolfhilda

Original Name Ulfhild Håkansdotter
Birth
Norway
Death 1148 (aged 52–53)
Sweden
Burial Ödeshögs kommun, Östergötlands län, Sweden
Memorial ID 15927601 · View Source
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Queen of Sweden and Denmark. Her year of birth is approximate. She belonged to a dynasty of Norwegian lords called Thjotta (pron. Chiohta), as the daughter of the powerful earl Hacon Finnson, and has been considered the veritable femme fatal of Scandinavian queens as the consort of three kings in a row. It cannot be ascertained whether or not there is much factual substance upon which to base her nasty reputation as a greedy manizer, murderess-by-poison and mistress of intrigue of Italian Renaissance dimensions. Around 1117 she became the second wife of a much older Prince Ingi the Younger of Sweden and is alleged within a year or two to have tricked him into assassinating his brother King Philip, elevating Ingi and her to the Swedish throne for seven years. In 1125 King Ingi was poisoned to death "with silver dust in his wine" at Vreta Cloister, of which murder his queen has been accused in cahoots with Lord Sweartgar, her future (third) husband who already may have been her paramour. Nevertheless, five years later she again became the second consort of a king, this time Nicholas of Denmark, father of Magnus I of Sweden who had his brief reign right then in the latter kingdom. It has been reported that Queen Wolfhilda then persuaded her step-son Magnus to kill powerful Duke Canute the Lord (Knud Lavard) of Denmark, that she got Sweartgar to finagle his opponents in Sweden out of power, that she left Nicholas, who then died under obscure circumstances in 1134, and that she then married the new monarch Sweartgar I that year. They were now relatively uncontested as King and Queen of Sweden for 14 years. Apparently for the first time she now began having children, five in all are known by King Sweartgar (see him), and in 1143 a guilty conscience for previous sins may have been her motivation for founding the Alvastra and Newdale Cloisters, to which she donated very valuable property and buildings in her personal ownership. It is believed that she became more and more pious, passed on at Alvastra Castle and with reasonable likelihood that she was buried at the convent there. It can be mourned that there is no known image of her appearance.

Bio by: Count Demitz


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  • Originally Created by: Count Demitz
  • Added: 29 Sep 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 15927601
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wolfhilda (1095–1148), Find a Grave Memorial no. 15927601, citing Alvastra Klosterruin, Ödeshögs kommun, Östergötlands län, Sweden ; Maintained by Find A Grave .