Kristin Sigurdsdatter

Kristin Sigurdsdatter (ca. 1125–1178) was a Norwegian princess and mother of King Magnus V of Norway.[1]

Kristin Sigurdsdatter
Bornc. 1125
Diedc. 1178 (aged 52–53)
SpouseErling Skakke
IssueMagnus V of Norway
Old NorseKristin Sigurðardóttir
FatherSigurd I of Norway
MotherMalmfred of Kiev

Kristin was a daughter of King Sigurd I of Norway and Malmfred of Kiev. She married Erling Skakke (Erling Ormsson Skakke), a Norwegian nobleman who had earned his reputation crusading with Rögnvald Kali Kolsson, the Earl of Orkney.[2][3] They had a son, Magnus Erlingsson.

Kristin was the only legitimate child of King Sigurd. In 1130, King Sigurd died with no legitimate sons. An illegitimate son, Magnus Sigurdsson (Magnus 4 Sigurdsson Blinde), became king of Norway jointly with his uncle Harald Gille. Harald Gille had four sons, Inge, Eystein, Sigurd and Magnus Haraldsson, all of whom became kings of Norway.[4][5]

Following the death of King Inge in 1161, Kristin's son Magnus was crowned and named King Magnus (Magnus 5 Erlingsson) at the age of eight. He ruled as king of Norway until his death in 1184.[6]


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  2. ^ Claus Krag. "Malmfrid, Dronning". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  3. ^ Helle, Knut (February 25, 2020). "Erling Ormsson Skakke" – via Store norske leksikon.
  4. ^ Nils Petter Thuesen. "Magnus 4 Sigurdsson Blinde, Konge". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  5. ^ Knut Peter Lyche Arstad. "Gilchrist Harald 4 Gille". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
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