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St. Canute Lavard

Male 1096 - 1131  (35 years)


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  • Name St. Canute Lavard 
    Born 1096  Roskilde, Zealand, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Jan 1131  Haraldsted forest, near Ringsted, Zealand, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I25070  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jun 2019 

    Father Erik I, King of Denmark,   b. Abt 1060, Slangerup, North Zealand, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1103, Paphos, Cyprus Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Mother Boedil Thorgunnasdotter,   b. Abt 1062,   d. 1103, near Jerusalem Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years) 
    Married Bef 1086  [1
    Family ID F15028  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ingeborg of Kiev,   b. Abt 1100 
    Married Abt 1116  [1
    Children 
    +1. Valdemar I den Store, King of Denmark,   b. 14 Jan 1131,   d. 12 May 1182, Vordingborg, Denmark Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
    Last Modified 6 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F15027  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Canonized 1169. Feast day: 7 January.

      From Wikipedia:

      Canute was the only legitimate son of King Eric I of Denmark (+1103) and Boedil Thurgotsdatter but as a minor he was bypassed in the election of 1104. He grew up in close contact with the noble family of Hvide, who were later on to be among his most eager supporters. In 1115, his uncle, King Niels of Denmark, placed him in charge of the Duchy of Schleswig (jarl af Sønderjylland) in order to put an end to the attacks of the Slavic Obotrites. During the next fifteen years, he fulfilled his duty of establishing peace in the border area so well that he was titled Duke of Holstein (Hertug af Holsten) and became a vassal of the Holy Roman Empire.

      He seems to have been the first member of the Danish royal family who was attracted by the knightly ideals and habits of medieval Germany, indicated by his changing his title to Duke of Schleswig (Hertug af Slesvig). His appearance made him a popular man and a possible successor of his uncle, but he also acquired mighty enemies among the Danish princes and magnates, who apparently questioned his loyalty and feared his bond with Emperor Lothair III, who had recognized him as sovereign over the western Wends.

      Both Niels and his son, Magnus the Strong, seem to have been alarmed by Canute's recognition by the emperor. On 7 January 1131, Canute was trapped in the Haraldsted Forest (Haraldsted Skov) near Ringsted in Zealand and murdered by Magnus. Ringsted Abbey, one of the earliest Benedictine houses in Denmark, became the initial resting place of Canute Lavard. In 1157, Canute Lavard's remains were moved into a new chapel at St. Bendt's Church in Ringsted. A chapel (Knut Lavards Kapel) was erected at the site of his death during medieval times but disappeared after the Reformation. The ruins were rediscovered in 1883. In 1902 a memorial in the form of a 4-metre crucifix was erected near the site of the death of Canute Lavard.

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] Genealogics, by Leo Van de Pas.