Ingeborg Magnusdotter of Sweden

Ingeborg Magnusdotter of Sweden

Ingeborg Magnusdotter of Sweden on her tomb.
Queen consort of Denmark
Reign 1296–1319
Born c. 1277
Died 5 April or 15 August 1319
Convent of St. Clare, Roskilde
Burial St. Bendt's Church, Ringsted
Spouse Eric VI of Denmark
House House of Bjelbo
Father Magnus III of Sweden
Mother Helwig of Holstein
Religion Roman Catholicism

Princess Ingeborg Magnusdotter of Sweden, (b. 1277, Sweden – d. 5 April or 15 August 1319), was a Danish queen consort, daughter of king Magnus III of Sweden and wife of king Eric VI of Denmark.


Ingeborg was born a daughter of King Magnus III of Sweden and Helwig of Holstein. In 1288, she was engaged to marry to King Eric Menved of Denmark, a marriage which took place in Helsingborg in 1296 as a part of dynastic policies; in 1298, her brother king Birger of Sweden married her husband's sister, Princess Martha of Denmark. The dispensation necessary for the marriage was not obtained until 1297 because of the conflict between her spouse and the archbishop Jens Grand.

Queen Ingeborg was described as beautiful and tender. She is not believed to have played any political role. She had eight sons who died as children, as well as six miscarriages, although the sources differ between eight and fourteen children: whathever the case, her many pregnancies led to miscarriages, or the birth of children who died soon after. She and her husband was the ally of her eldest brother, King Birger, and her husband's sister queen Martha of Sweden during the Swedish throne conflicts; they received their son in 1306 after the Håtuna games, and later Birger and Martha temselwes as refugees after the Nyköping Banquet in 1318.

In 1318, Queen Ingeborg gave birth to a son who lived: she showed him off to the public from her carriage, from which he fell from her grip, broke his neck and died. After this, she entered the convent of St. Clare in Roskilde of the sorrow. According to one legend she was forced to the convent by her husband, who blamed her for the death of their son, according to another because of the sorrow caused by the deaths of her brothers, Erik Magnusson and Valdemar Magnusson. In 1319, she foretold the death of herself, her spouse and the archbishop, and soon after, she died followed by her husband.



Ingeborg Magnusdotter of Sweden
Born: 1277 Died: 1319
Danish royalty
Preceded by
Agnes of Brandenburg'
Queen consort of Denmark
Succeeded by
Euphemia of Pomerania
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