Jutta of Denmark

Jutta of Denmark
Abbess of St. Agneta
IssueErik of Sweden (Illegitimate)
HouseHouse of Estridsen
FatherEric IV of Denmark
MotherJutta of Saxony
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Jutta of Denmark also known as Judith (1246-1286/95) was a daughter of Eric IV of Denmark and his wife Jutta of Saxony. She was a younger sister of Queen Sophia of Sweden, and Queen Ingeborg of Norway, as well as an older sister of Agnes. Jutta was also mistress for a brief period of time to her brother-in-law Valdemar, King of Sweden. Jutta was a member of the House of Estridsen.


In 1250, when Jutta was around four years old, her father was murdered. Her mother remarried to Burgrave Burchard VIII of Magdeburg. Her two eldest sisters Sophia and Ingeborg were soon married off, while Jutta and her sister Agnes were placed in St. Agnes' Priory, Roskilde. Neither Jutta or Agnes could find pleasure in the tough and lonely monastic life.[1]

In 1269, her sister queen Sophia of Sweden stopped at their father's grave in Denmark on a visit to her sisters, Agnes and Jutta in Roskilde. In 1272, Jutta journeyed to Sweden where she became the mistress to her brother-in-law, Valdemar. The affair resulted in a child who was born in 1273. The boy was named Erik[2] although, some [3] dispute this. The following year, Jutta was again placed in the convent of St. Agneta, and Valdemar was forced to make a pilgrimage to Rome to ask for the Pope's absolution. According to legend, Queen Sophia said: I will never recover from this sorrow. Curse the day my sister saw the kingdom of Sweden[4] Sophia and Valdemar later separated.

Jutta remained in the convent for the rest of her life. Eric V of Denmark (Jutta's cousin) denied Jutta and Agnes their rightful inheritance from their father; this, however, was settled in 1284 when the sisters received their inheritance.[5] Judith died sometime between 1286 and 1295.[6] Around the same time, Agnes supposedly married her cousin Eric Longbone, Lord of Langeland. Sophia died in 1286.



  1. ^ Translation from Swedish Wikipedia
  2. ^ Cawley, Charles, SWEDEN KINGS, Medieval Lands, Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy,[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Brenner, p. 270
  4. ^ Christer Öhman (Swedish): Helgon, bönder och krigare. Berättelser ur den svenska historien (Saints, farmers and warriors. Stories from the history of Sweden)
  5. ^ Regesta Diplomatica Danica 1348, p. 166
  6. ^ Cawley, Charles, DENMARK, Medieval Lands, Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy,[self-published source][better source needed]
  7. ^ Line, Philip. (2007). Kingship and state formation in Sweden, 1130-1290. Brill. pp. 580–81. ISBN 978-90-04-15578-7. OCLC 1170448743.
  8. ^ Brenner, S. Otto. (1978). Nachkommen Gorms des Alten : (König von Dänemark - 936- ) : I.-XVI. Generation. Lyngby: Dansk Historisk Haandbogsforlag. ISBN 87-85207-20-9. OCLC 4882817.
  9. ^ Kønigsfeldt, J. P. F. (1856). Genealogisk-historiske Tabeller over de nordiske Rigers Kongeslægter. OCLC 473918866.