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 Valdemar II “the Victorious” of Denmark

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Valdemar II “the Victorious” of Denmark

  • Birth 9 May 1170
  • Death 29 Mar 1241 Sjælland, Denmark
  • Burial Ringsted, Ringsted Kommune, Sjælland, Denmark
  • Memorial ID 96905003

Valdemar was the second son of King Valdemar I and Sophia Valadarsdattir, a daughter of Richeza of Poland.
When Valdemar's father died, young Valdemar was only twelve years old. He was named Duke of Southern Jutland, represented by the regent Bishop Valdemar Knudsen.
Bishop Valdemar was an ambitious man and disguised his own ambitions as young Valdemar's. When in 1192 Bishop Valdemar was named Prince-Archbishop of Bremen, his plot to overthrow King Canute VI with the help of German nobility and sit on Denmark's throne himself was revealed.
The bishop fled to Swedish Norway to avoid arrest and in 1193 the Bishop organised a fleet of 35 ships and harried the coasts of Denmark, claiming the Danish throne for himself. He was captured and stayed in captivity in Nordborg (1193–1198) and then in the tower at Søborg Castle on Zealand until 1206.
In November 1202, Duke Valdemar's elder brother, King Canute VI died unexpectedly at the age of 40, leaving no heirs. Duke Valdemar was proclaimed king at the Jutland Assembly.
Valdemar married twice, he first married Margarethe of Bohemia, also known as Queen Dagmar, in 1205. She was the daughter of Premysl Ottokar, King of Bohemia, and quickly won over the hearts of the Danes. By this marriage, Valdemar had a son, Valdemar, whom he elevated as co-king at Schleswig in 1218. Unfortunately, Prince Valdemar was accidentally shot while hunting at Refsnæs in North Jutland during 1231. Queen Dagmar died in childbirth in 1212.
With his second wife, Berengaria of Portugal, whom he wed in 1214;
King Eric IV of Denmark (1216 – 10 August 1250)
Sophie (1217–1247), married in 1230 John I, Margrave of Brandenburg
King Abel of Denmark (1218 – 29 June 1252)
King Christopher I of Denmark (1219 – 29 May 1259)
Stillborn infant (b. & d. 1221)
With his mistress, Helena Guttormsdotter, a noblewoman of Swedish birth and wife of an important Danish nobleman;
Canute, Duke of Estonia (died 1260), Duke of Estonia, Lolland, and Blekinge
With an unknown mistress;
Niels, Count of Halland (died 1218), Count of Halland 1216–18.


Family Members


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  • Created by: Mad
  • Added: 11 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 96905003
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Valdemar II “the Victorious” of Denmark (9 May 1170–29 Mar 1241), Find A Grave Memorial no. 96905003, citing Sankt Bendts Kirke, Ringsted, Ringsted Kommune, Sjælland, Denmark ; Maintained by Mad (contributor 47329061) .