Battle of Værebro

The battle of Værebro was a battle that took place in the year 1133 at the Værebro river, on the isle of Zealand.

The Battle of Værebro
Part of The Danish Civil War
Date1133
Location
Result Niels-Magnus party victory
All of Zealand subjugated
Belligerents
Denmark Forces of Eric Denmark Forces of Magnus
Commanders and leaders
Denmark Eric II of Denmark Denmark Magnus the Strong
Strength
~6000 ~3000-6000
Casualties and losses
~2000 minor losses

A zealandic and scanian army led by Eric II of Denmark fought a jutlandic army under Magnus the Strong. Magnus defeated the army of Eric and reconquered Roskilde and with it Zealand.

BackgroundEdit

After the murder of Canute Lavard in Haraldsted forest, Magnus the Strong was presumed the murderer and likely fled to Germany. After which Eric assembled an army and marched to Jelling, where his forces were routed by King Niels, he tried to regain control of Jutland during the siege of Schleswig, but was forced to withdraw as the royal army neared. When he finally won a victory at Sejerø, it was tempered by the defeat of Kristiern. He was therefore forced to withdraw to Zealand where he reconquered Roskilde from his traitorous brother, Harald Kesja whom joined Niels and Magnus, and began building another army for his fourth invasion of Jutland.

The BattleEdit

The Jutlandic Navy under Magnus sailed through the Fjord of Roskilde, and disembarked their army as a blockade of ships from older times prevented them from sailing any further. Magnus army met Eric at the Værebro river, here an intense melee ensued between the two armies, but the army of Magnus won out and defeated his army so completely that Eric was forced to flee from Zealand.[1]

AftermathEdit

Eric would not go on the offensive for the rest of the war, and would instead become a beggar king who had only a depleted Skaane and traveled from court to court around the baltic seeking money, men and support. The Danish strait isles would be under the complete control of King Niels, who after being advised by Harald Kesja, cut of the noses of German citizens in Roskilde. This would ultimately lead to the German emperor supporting Eric.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Saxo Grammaticus, Gesta Danorum, Liber 13, Caput 11". wayback-01.kb.dk. Retrieved 2021-05-03.

SourcesEdit

Saxo Grammaticus, Gesta Danorum