Magnus V Erlingsson King Of Norway
- Born: 1156, Norway
- Marriage: Eldrid Bjarnesdatter
- Died: 15 Jun 1184, Fimreite, Norway at age 28
King of Norway who used church support to gain the throne (1162) and
become the nation's first crowned monarch (1163). After 1177 his rule
was challenged by his rival Sverrir, whose forces killed Magnus in
The son of Erling the Crooked (Skakke), Magnus became king in 1162
when his supporters, led by his father, defeated the forces of the
incumbent king, Haakon II Sigurdsson. Magnus' father served as regent
until 1164 and remained the real power behind the throne until his
death in 1179.
In 1163 Erling arranged with the Norwegian archbishop Eystein
Erlandsson to have Magnus crowned in exchange for royal support of the
Roman Catholic Church. After Magnus' supporters defeated his rivals,
the Birchlegs, in 1177, the King's forces were badly defeated (1179)
by the pretender Sverrir, who included the remnants of the Birchlegs
among his followers. Magnus then fled to Denmark, and Sverrir became
ruler of much of Norway. When Magnus attempted to regain control of
the country in 1184, aided by the Danish king Canute IV, he was again
defeated by Sverrir's forces and slain in battle.
Magnus was the son of Erling Skakke and Kristin Sigurdsdatter, the daughter of King Sigurd Jorsalfar. He became king at the age of 5, but it was mainly his father that took the reign during the first years.
The remarkable thing about Magnus Erlingsson is that he is the first king in Norway that was officially crowned. This took place in Bergen in 1164.
Magnus and his father Erling Skakke weren't well liked by the people as they put a lot of burdens on them. This was in the end the beginning of their own downturn.
Magnus and Erling Skakke had to defend themselves against Sverre Sigurdsson, who came from the Faeroe Islands. In 1084 Magnus and many of his men fell in the Battle of Fimreite.
Magnus married Eldrid Bjarnesdatter. (Eldrid Bjarnesdatter was born about 1165.)