King Magnus III Barføt "the Bareleg" Olavsson of Norway
(Abt 1073-1103)
(Abt 1070-)
King Harald IV "Gille" Magnusson of Norway
(Abt 1098-1136)
Ingerid Ragnvaldsdatter
(Abt 1105-)
Inge I Haraldsson King Of Norway


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Inge I Haraldsson King Of Norway

  • Born: 1135, Norway
  • Died: 1 Feb 1161 at age 26

  General Notes:

From Another name for Inge was Ingi the Hunchback. King of Norway (1136-61), who maintained his claim to the throne against the illegitimate sons of his father, the Norwegian king Harald IV Gille (reigned 1130-36), and represented the interests of the higher nobles and clergy in the second part of the Norwegian civil wars.

The only legitimate son of Harald IV, Inge succeeded to the throne as an infant jointly with his half brother, Sigurd II, at their father's death. The brothers and their supporters then defeated the forces of Sigurd Slembi and the former ruler Magnus IV the Blind, who were both pretenders to the throne. In 1142 Inge and Sigurd II were joined by Eystein, who also claimed to be a son of Harald IV and was given a third of his kingdom. Inge soon became the most powerful of the three rulers because of his strong ties with the higher nobles and clergy.

In 1150 Inge called a meeting at Bergen of all secular and religious leaders, anticipating the founding of an archbishopric at Nidaros (Trondheim) in 1152 by the English cardinal Nicholas Breakspear (later Pope Adrian IV). The archbishopric included five dioceses in Norway and six in Norwegian colonies, all previously under the jurisdiction of the archbishopric of Lund, Denmark. In 1155 Inge's half brothers Sigurd II and Eystein plotted to overthrow him, but both were killed within the next two years by Inge's supporters.

Between 1157 and 1161 Inge fought off the challenge of the pretender Haakon, an illegitimate son of Sigurd II (later king as Haakon II the Broadshouldered), in what is now called the second phase of the Norwegian civil wars. Their struggle, essentially a class conflict in which Inge represented the higher nobility and Haakon the freeholders, differed from the earlier phase of the civil war period, in which various pretenders competed for the throne. Inge was finally defeated and killed by Haakon's forces.

From Snorre Sturlasson: Saga of Sigurd, Inge, and Eystein, the Sons of Harald: 1. HISTORY OF KINGS SIGURD AND INGE. Queen Ingerid, and with her the lendermen and the court which had been with King Harald, resolved to send a fast-sailing vessel to Throndhjem to make known King Harald's death, and also to desire the Throndhjem people to take King Harald's son Sigurd for king. He was then in the north, and was fostered by Sadagyrd Bardson. Queen Ingerid herself proceeded eastward immediately to Viken. Inge was the name of her son by King Harald, and he was then fostered by Amunde Gyrdson, a grandson of Logberse. When they came to Viken a Borgar-thing was immediately called together (near Borg, Sarpsborg),, at which Inge, who was in the second year of his age, was chosen king. This resolution was supported by Amunde and Thjostolf Alason, together with many other great chiefs. Now when the tidings came north to Throndhjem that King Harald was murdered, the Throndhjem people took Sigurd, King Harald's son, to be the king; and this resolution was supported by Ottar Birting, Peter Saudaulfson, the brothers Guthorm of Reine, and Ottar Balle, sons of Asolf and many other great chiefs. Afterwards the whole nation almost submitted to the brothers, and principally because their father was considered holy; and the country took the oath to them, that the kingly power should not go to any other man as long as any of King Harald's sons were alive.

Inge was the son of Harald Gille and became king together with his brothers Sigurd Munn and Øystein Haraldsson after his father was killed.
During the first years, all three were too young to reign themselves, so the earls in fact ruled the country.
After he was grown up, he had quarrels with Sigurd Slembe and Magnus den Blinde. Finally, Inge won but he got heavily injured.
His Epithet "Krokrygg" means simply "hunchback"

Inge also had a war with his brothers Øystein and Sigurd. Inge was lured to Bergen by his brothers. Inge had a strong force with him and when they met with their armies Sigurd was killed. Øystein came to Bergen a few days later and had to make a deal with the king. As he didn't keep his part of the deal, the brothers again went to war and Øystein was killed in 1157 by Simon Skalp.
However, the peace didn't last long and Inge was killed in the Battle on the frozen Oslofjord against Håkon Herdebrei

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