Ragnhild Skoftesdotter

Ragnhild Skoftesdotter (12th century) was a Norwegian noblewoman and landowner. [1]

LifeEdit

Ragnhild Skoftesdotter was a daughter of Skofte Ogmundsson (ca. 1040–1103) who was a leading member of the Giske family (Giskeætten) of Sunnmøre and the cousin of King Olav Kyrre who ruled Norway from 1067 until his death in 1093.[2][3][4]

Ragnhild Skoftesdotter was married to Dag Eilivsson who was associated with the founding of Gimsøy Abbey. They were the parents of several children, among them Baugeid Dagsdatter. The family resided on the farm Bratsberg (Bratsberg gaard i Gjerpen) in Gjerpen (now Telemark).[5][6][7][8]

Ragnhild Skoftesdotter lived just prior to the beginning of the civil war era in Norway. During a portion of that time, Norway was ruled jointly by three half-brothers; Inge, Sigurd and Eystein. All three were recognized as sons of King Harald Gille and joint heirs to the throne of Norway. This arrangement ultimately resulted in a power-struggle pitting brother against brother.[9]

Ragnhild Skoftesdotter was the mother of two sons (Vatnorm Dagsson and Gregorius Dagsson) both of whom would play key roles within this power-struggle as supporter in the cause of King Inge.[10][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Per Norseng. "Ragnhild Skoftesdotter". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Claus Krag. "Skofte Ogmundsson". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Jon Gunnar Arntzen. "Giskeætten". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Geir Thorsnæs. "Sunnmøre". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  5. ^ Per Norseng. "Dag Eilivsson". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Gimsøy kloster". Norges klostre i middelalderen. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  7. ^ Jon Gunnar Arntzen. "Bratsberg". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  8. ^ J. L. Quisling, Parish priest to Gjerpen (1921). "Bratsberg gaard i Gjerpen". H. Aschehoug & Co. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "Borgerkrigstida". lokalhistoriewiki.no. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  10. ^ Narve Bjørgo. "Gregorius Dagsson". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  11. ^ Bente Opheim Brathetland. "Ragnhild Skoftesdotter, Høvdinghustru". Norsk biografisk leksikon. Retrieved June 1, 2017.

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