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King Halvdan Svarte "The Black" Gudrødsson of Norway
(Abt 0824-Abt 0864)
Ragnhild Sigurdsdatter
(Abt 0838-)
Øystein Glumra "The Noisy" Ivarsson Earl Of Upland
(Abt 0835-)
Ascrida (Aseda) Ragnvaldsdatter Countess Of Oppland
(Abt 0838-)
King Harald I Hårfagre (Fairhair) Halvdansson of Norway
(Abt 0850-0933)
Svanhild Øysteinsdatter
(Abt 0860-)
Bjorn Kyoband "the Merchant" Haraldsson
(Abt 0884-0927)


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Bjorn Kyoband "the Merchant" Haraldsson

  • Born: Abt 884, Norway
  • Marriage: Unknown
  • Died: 927, Saeheim, North Hordaland, Norway about age 43

  General Notes:

Bjorn was an under-king of Vestfold.
See Title: Royalty for Commoners by Stuart--28
Title: Ancestral Roots by Weis
From Heimskringla:
King Harald's son, Bjorn, ruled over Vestfold at that time, and
generally lived at Tunsberg, and went but little on war
expeditions. Tunsberg at that time was much frequented by
merchant vessels, both from Viken and the north country, and also
from the south, from Denmark, and Saxland. King Bjorn had also
merchant ships on voyages to other lands, by which he procured
for himself costly articles, and such things as he thought
needful; and therefore his brothers called him Farman (the
Seaman), and Kaupman (the Chapman). Bjorn was a man of sense and
understanding, and promised to become a good ruler. He made a
good and suitable marriage, and had a son by his wife, who was
named Gudrod. Eirik Blood-axe came from his Baltic cruise with
ships of war, and a great force, and required his brother Bjorn
to deliver to him King Harald's share of the scat and incomes of
Vestfold. But it had always been the custom before, that Bjorn
himself either delivered the money into the king's hands, or sent
men of his own with it; and therefore he would continue with the
old custom, and would not deliver the money. Eirik again wanted
provisions, tents, and liquor. The brothers quarrelled about
this; but Eirik got nothing and left the town. Bjorn went also
out of the town towards evening up to Saeheim. In the night
Eirik came back after Bjorn, and came to Saeheim just as Bjorn
and his men were seated at table drinking. Eirik surrounded the
house in which they were; but Bjorn with his men went out and
fought. Bjorn, and many men with him, fell. Eirik, on the other
hand, got a great booty, and proceeded northwards. But this work
was taken very ill by the people of Viken, and Eirik was much
disliked for it; and the report went that King Olaf would avenge
his brother Bjorn, whenever opportunity offered. King Bjorn lies
in the mound of Farmanshaug at Saeheim.

Bjorn married.

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