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  • ID: I10066
  • Name: Magnus I Olafsson "The Good" King of NORWAY 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Magnus I /Olafsson/, "The Good" King of Norway
  • Birth: ABT 1018 in Norway
  • Death: 25 OCT 1047 in Skibby, Denmark 4
  • Note:
    MISC: He was the son of King Olav Haraldson, also known as Olav II or Saint Olaf.

    Magnus grew up in Russia where his father had been in exile.

    Age at death: About 23.

    When his father's adversary, King Canute of Denmark and England, died in 1035, Magnus was summoned back to Norway from Russia by those who were loyal to his father. Magnus became king of Norway. He then helped King Hardecanute of Denmark against the Wends in return for an agreement that if either of them died without an heir, the other would succeed him; therefore, in 1042, Magnus I became king of Denmark. In 1043, he was victorious against the Wends. He united Norway and Denmark during his rule. He laid claim to the English throne also, but could not attain it. In 1046, he made his uncle Harald Hrdrde co-ruler with him. Magnus died the following year, and his uncle became King Harald III who was killed during the invasion of England in 1066.


    The following information was contained in a post-em by Curt Hofemann, curt_hofemann AT

    Magnus I Olafsson, b. 1024, Norway, d. Oct. 25, 1047, Skibby, Den., byname MAGNUS THE GOOD, Norwegian MAGNUS DEN GODE, Norwegian ruler, king of Norway (1035-47) and Denmark (1042-47), who wrested hegemony in the two Scandinavian nations from descendants of Canute the Great (d. 1035), king of Denmark and England.
    An illegitimate son of the Norwegian king Olaf II Haraldsson (St. Olaf), Magnus was named after the Holy Roman emperor Charlemagne (Old Norse: Karlamagnús) and was taken to Russia at the age of four with his father, who had been exiled by Canute. In 1035 the chiefs of Norway rebelled against the rule of Canute's son Sweyn (Svein) and elected Magnus king. Canute's son Hardecanute, who became king of Denmark in 1035 and England in 1040, also claimed the Norwegian throne but later accepted Magnus' sovereignty. The two rulers agreed that whoever survived would rule both Norway and Denmark.
    When Hardecanute died in 1042, Magnus also became king of Denmark and appointed as his viceroy Canute's nephew Sweyn (Svein) Estridsson (later Sweyn II). Sweyn, however, soon challenged Magnus' sovereignty in Denmark. Magnus received the support of most Danes, who needed his help against the Wends (Slavs) in southern Jutland, and he repeatedly defeated Sweyn in battle. After Magnus' uncle Harald III Sigurdsson returned from Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1045, the two men agreed to share the kingdom. Magnus died in a campaign launched by the co-rulers against Denmark in 1047, aborting his plans to claim the English throne. [Ref: Ency Britannica online]

    Magnus the Good (1024-1047) Reigned 1042-1047
    Ragnhild (1035-?) Married to Haakon I 1050
    Brigitta (1047-?)
    King Magnus the Good (1024-1042) stands out as being the Danish king who was not Danish. He was actually a Norwegian king. According to the legend, King Magnus and King Hardi Canute made the deal that whoever outlived the other should become king of both kingdoms. Another part of the deal was that a male heir of any of the two kings should inherit the joint kingdom. King Hardi Canute died in 1042, and King Magnus the Good ruled over both countries for five years. However, both died without having a male heir, so the grandson of the previous Danish King Sweyn I Forkbeard, namely Sweyn II Estridsen, became the new king. [Ref: Royal Danish Embassy]


    Father: Olaf II "The Fat" King of NORWAY , Saint b: ABT 995 in Norway
    Mother: Alfhild b: ABT 998 in Norway

    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
      1. Has Children Ragnhild Magnussdottir Princess of NORWAY b: ABT 1037 in Norway

      1. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
        Page: 469
      2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
        Page: X:A:16
      3. Title: The Plantagenet Ancestry, by William Henry Turton, 1968
        Page: 103
      4. Title: The Plantagenet Ancestry, by William Henry Turton, 1968
        Page: 103
        Text: 1047
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