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King Håkon III Sverresson
Inge of Varteig in Eidsberg
(Abt 1175-1234)
Duke Skuli (Skule) Bårdssønn
Ragnhild Kuvung
(Abt 1190-1247)
King Håkon IV "The Old" Håkonsson
Margrete Skulisdatter
(Abt 1212-1270)

Kristina Håkonsdatter


Family Links

1. Harald "The Black" Olofsson King Of Isle Of Man
2. Prince Don Felipe of Castile

Kristina Håkonsdatter

  • Born: 1234, Bergen, Bergen, Hordaland, Norway
  • Marriage (1): Harald "The Black" Olofsson King Of Isle Of Man in 1246 in Norway
  • Marriage (2): Prince Don Felipe of Castile on 1 Mar 1258
  • Died: 1262, Covarrubias, Burgos, Castile and León, Spain at age 28

  General Notes:

Kristina of Norway, sometimes spelled Christina or Kristín, was a daughter of King Håkon IV of Norway and his wife, Margrete Skuledotter. As part of an alliance she was betroth to the Spanish prince, Felipe, brother of King Alfonso X of Castile. She travelled from Tønsberg and arrived at Las Huelgas in Burgos on Christmas Eve of 1257. Felipe and Kristina married in March of 1258. The couple lived in Sevilla until she died childless at the age of 28. Her body was transported to the monastery in Covarrubias where she was buried.

In 1953 a sarcophagus believed to be empty was mistakenly opened to reveal a woman. A scroll written in Old Norse was found with the body and revealed that it was in fact Princess Kristina. Legend has it that her wish for a wedding gift was the erection of a chapel in honour of St. Olav in Spain. The chapel was never built, but plans are currently under way to build it in Covarrubias in honour of the 750th anniversary of her leaving Norway.

In 1978 a statue of Princess Kristina made by artist Brit Sørensen was unveiled in Covarrubias and a copy was later erected in Tønsberg.

Tønsberg and Covarrubias have entered a friendship agreement as the result of this old connection.

The Princess Kristina foundation has been established to further the work to preserve and advance the cultural and historical ties.

Kristina married Harald "The Black" Olofsson King Of Isle Of Man in 1246 in Norway. (Harald "The Black" Olofsson King Of Isle Of Man was born in 1220 in Isle of Man and died in 1248 in Isle of Man.)

Kristina next married Prince Don Felipe of Castile, son of King Ferdinand III of Castile and Elisabeth of Hohenstaufen Queen Of Castile, on 1 Mar 1258. (Prince Don Felipe of Castile was born about 1232 in Spain and died in 1274.)

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