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Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages

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Vol. II. Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: from c. 1035 to c. 1300

2. Kings of Denmark

a. Eiríkr I inn góði Sveinsson (r. 1095-1103) (KEG)
b. Sveinn II Úlfsson (r. 1047-1074/76) (KEG)

(Vol. II. Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: from c. 1035 to c. 1300 > 8. Introduction > 5. Biographies > 1. Royal Biographies > 2. Kings of Denmark > a. Eiríkr I inn góði Sveinsson (r. 1095-1103))

a. Eiríkr I inn góði Sveinsson (r. 1095-1103) (KEG)

Saga: Knýtl.

Eiríkr inn góði ‘the Good’ was the son of Sveinn Úlfsson, and he became king upon the death of his brother, Óláfr, in 1095 (see Genealogy II in ÍF 35). Eiríkr died in Paphos, Cyprus, on 10 July 1103. See Knýtl (ÍF 35, 212-39; Hermann Pálsson and Edwards 1986, 105-23). See also Saxo (2005, II, xii.1,1-8,1, pp. 62-83), Mork (Mork 1928-32, 329; Andersson and Gade 2000, 307), Fsk (ÍF 29, 311; Finlay 2004, 249-50), Hkr (ÍF 28, 207, 228-9; Hollander 1991, 666, 680), H-Hr (Fms 7, 62-3).

Events documented in poetry: Eiríkr’s campaigns against the heathens in the east and his reception in Russia pre-1095 (Mark Eirdr 3); his return to Denmark (Mark Eirdr 4); his generosity, justice and sapientia (Mark Eirdr 5-7); his journey to Rome, Venice and Bari and his return to Rome (Mark Eirdr 8-10); his stay in Rome and the Pope’s promise to establish an archbishopric on Danish soil (Mark Eirdr 11); the Pope granting all Eiríkr’s requests (Mark Eirdr 12); Eiríkr mobilising the Danish army for an attack on Wendland, which had fallen into the hands of Emperor Henry IV of Saxony (Mark Eirdr 13); the Wendish campaign (Mark Eirdr 14-21); Eiríkr’s return to Denmark (Mark Eirdr 22); his erection of five stone churches in Denmark (Mark Eirdr 23); the king of France sending him gifts and guides for his pilgrimage to Jerusalem (Mark Eirdr 24); the establishment of the archbishopric in Lund and the election of Ǫzurr as the first Danish archbishop (Mark Eirdr 25); Eiríkr embarking on his journey to Jerusalem (Mark Eirdr 26); his reception en route (Mark Eirdr 27); the gifts given to him by the emperor of Constantinople (Mark Eirdr 28); his death in Cyprus in 1103 (Mark Eirdr 29).

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