Sverker I of Sweden
|House of Sverker|
Sverker was a large landowner from Östergötland. According to Westrogothic law (1240), his father's name was Cornube, but according to Skáldatal, his father's name was Kol. He was acknowledged as king at the beginning of the 1130s and conquered Västergötland and its ruler Magnus the Strong. Sverker ruled for about 26 years, but not much is known about him. The convents and monasteries of Alvastra, Nydala and Varnhem were founded.
According to a Russian chronicle, the newly founded Republic of Novgorod had its first confrontation with Sweden during Sverker's reign in 1142, breaking a century-long peace that had been guaranteed by marriages between the ruling families.
Sverker was murdered in his own coach at the Alebäck bridge near Alvastra priory, going to the early religious service on Christmas Day, 1156. This was considered a shocking crime, even by medieval standards. The pretender Magnus Henriksson was suspected of the crime.
- Son John (Jon jarl), slain by enraged peasants during a meeting of the Thing in the early 1150s, possibly father of Cecilia
- Son Charles, Sverker's successor
- Daughter Ingegerd (died in 1204), prioress of Vreta convent
- Daughter Helena of Sweden, married to Canute V of Denmark, son of King Magnus I of Sweden
- Son Boleslaw, possibly identical with Boleslaw of Sweden.
By one of these queens or an unknown woman:
- Allegedly a son Sune, thought to have been born about 1154.
Sverker I of SwedenBorn: ca. 1100 Died: 25 December 1156
Title last held byRagnvald Knaphövde
|King of Sweden
| Succeeded by|
Erik the Saint
Magnus the Strong
as King of Gothenland
- Lagerqvist Lars O., Åberg Nils. Kings and Rulers of Sweden. Vincent Publications, 2002 (ISBN 91-87064-35-9).
- Liljegren, Bengt. Rulers of Sweden. Historiska Media, 2004 (ISBN 91-85057-63-0).