King Inge II Bårdssønn of Norway
- Born: 1185, Rein, Rissa, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
- Marriage: Torbjorg Åsulvdatter about 1205 in Norway
- Died: 23 Apr 1217, Norway at age 32
Inge Bårdsson was the son of Bård Guttormsson and Cecilia, daughter of King Sigurd Munn. He became king with the support of the Birkebeiners, and by overthrowing Håkon Galen.
Inge ruled only over a part of Norway, and in 1206 Håkon IV Håkonsson also became king over the rest of the country. Interestingly, there were no quarrels because of this.
Inge himself is described as a rather weak ruler, as he had to share his power with his half-brothers Skule and Håkon Galen, who were very powerful men in the background, with Håkon leading the army of Inge.
Under Inge's reign the local chieftains, Earls and Jarls got stronger influence. This happened due to the fact that the Earls and Jarls joined forces to make demands and have greater influence over the king.
Inge's reign was a rather peaceful period, and this was achieved by marriages and other tricks. Håkon Galen became a Jarl, which gave him stronger influence, and king Sverre's daughter Kristin was married to the King Fillipus of the Baglar. After Håkon's death in 1214, Inge took over the rule of Western Norway, which Håkon had ruled before. Even though, there were revolts and the great power of Håkon and Skule let them over throne King Inge from time to time, which undermined Inge's position as King.
Inge became sick and died in 1217.
Inge married Torbjorg Åsulvdatter about 1205 in Norway. (Torbjorg Åsulvdatter was born about 1188 in Norway.)