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Valdemar I the Great
Birth: Jan. 14, 1131
Death: May 12, 1182

King of Denmark 1154-1182. Valdemar I was the grandchild of King Erik I of Denmark. His parents were Duke Sct. Knud Lavard and Duchess Ingeborg of Russia. His father was murdered a few months after his birth and he was brought up in the noble Hvide-family together with his later companion Archbishop Absalon of Lund and Roskilde. In 1154 he was made Co-king of the kings Svend III and Knud III. The 3 kings ruled different parts of the country, which was divided by civil-war. His co-kings were out maneuvered and eventually killed in battle. By 1157 he was the sole ruler of the kingdom. Now he and Absalon started a crusade against the pagan Wends, who lived in the Pommerania and Mecklenburg area in Northern Germany. They were defeated and christened by the sword in 1159. Valdemar I was a great church and castle-builder. He raised the Skt. Bendts Church in Ringsted as the burial church for the royal family and as a shrine for the Saintly remains of his murdered father.1157 he married the Russian princess Sofia of Novgorod, and among his 9 children were the Danish kings Knud IV and Valdemar II. His daughter Ingeborg or Isembourg was unhappily married to the French king Philippe II Auguste. (bio by: Benny Chordt Hansen) 
Family links: 
  Sophia Vladimirovna Queen Consort of Denmark (1140 - 1198)*
  Valdemar II the Victorious (1170 - 1241)*
  Ingeburg of Denmark (1175 - 1236)*
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Sankt Bendts Kirke
Sjælland, Denmark
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