Astrid (Inegrid) Princess Of The Obotrites, Queen of Sweden
- Born: Abt 979, Sweden
- Marriage: King Olof III Scötkonung "The Tax King" Eriksson of Sweden about 999 in Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden
The Obotrites (German: Abodriten, Polish: Obodryci) were a group of Slavic peoples related to the Wends. In the 6th century they settled in the regions later known as Mecklenburg and Holstein in what is now north-eastern Germany. Because of their links to other neighbouring Slavic ethnic groups they are regarded as a sub-group of Polabian Slavs. The Obotrites are also known in English as Abodrites or Obodrites, and were similar to the Wagrians.
The Obotrites were involved in wars (800-1200) with Danish kings seeking supremacy in the Baltic region. In the meantime, German missionaries had converted the Obotrites to Christianity.
The Obotrites alternately fought with and were tributary to the Frankish kings and their successors in the East. At times they collected tributes from the Danes and Saxons. In common with other Slavic groups, they were often described by Frankish sources as Wends.
Finally in 1170 they acknowledged the suzerainty of the Holy Roman Empire. After that the region underwent rapid Germanisation. However, up to the late 15th century, most villagers in the Obotrite area were still speaking Slavic dialects (Polabian language); but some time after that their language changed to German.
The German poet Johann Heinrich Voss (1751-1826) born in Mecklenburg-Strelitz, liked to identify himself as an Obotrite to emphasize his Slavic heritage. Obodrits were sufficiently remote and obscure to appeal to the nascent ethnic identifications of Romanticism.
Astrid married King Olof III Scötkonung "The Tax King" Eriksson of Sweden, son of King Erik VI Segersäll "The Victorious" Bjornsson of Sweden and Gunhilda of Poland/ Sigríð the Haughty (Stórráða) of Poland Sweden Norway & Denmark Queen Of Sweden, Queen of Denmark, about 999 in Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden. (King Olof III Scötkonung "The Tax King" Eriksson of Sweden was born about 978 in Sweden and died in 1021-1022.)