Valdemar (III), 1209-31, King, son of Valdemar II og Dagmar , was born 1209. At a meeting of the Danish magnates, which king Valdemar arranged at Samsø in 1215, everyone agreed to swear an oath to V., and shortly after he was elected king (co-king) at Viborg landsting. During a great feast in Schleswig on Midsummer's day in 1218, with 15 bishops and 3 dukes present,V. was anointed and crowned. He took part with his father in the unlucky hunt at the island Lyø in the month of May in 1223, where both kings were taken prisoner by grev Henrik; and he was imprisoned until Easter 1226, when he was released on the condition that his brother Erik went to prison instead. V., who was in the government together with his father, was on Midsummer's day 1229 married in Ribe with princess Eleonore of Portugal; bishop Gunner in Viborg, had fetched the princess to Denmark, and in his "Levned" (biography)is told, how the young queen and V. loved Gunner as if he had been their father. V. was praised for his mildness and kindness towards everyone and was very popular; the Latin elegi, which a cleric authored, when the kings were captured,mentions him in the best words of praise. It was a tremendous grief to the country, when V. was killed during a hunt at Refsnæs 28. November 1231. He was buried in Ringsted kirke besides Eleonore, who had died three months before in childbirth; their only child died only six months old.
Johannes C. H. R. Steenstrup. Eleonore (Alienor), –1231, queen, was a daughter of Alphons II of Portugal and Urraca of Castile. King Valdemar II Sejr, who had been married to Alphon's sister Berengaria (+1221), let by his delegate bishop Gunner fetch her 18year old brother's daughter to Denmark as a bride for his and Dagmar's son Valdemar , who had been crowned king already in 1218. The wedding took place in Ribe on Midsummer's day 1229, and the next day E. got as her morning gift the southern half of the island Funen. Only 2 years later E. died in childbirth, 28 August 1231, and three months later her husband was killed by an accidental shot. When examining E.'s grave in Ringsted kirke, it was found that her skeleton showed traces of a very endemic benedder (cancer of the bones),which probably was contributory to her death. At the foot piece of E.'s grave was a leaden coffin, which contained the bones of a child about 6 months old, already sickly and scrofulous from birth. So E. gave probably birth to a child, who survived her for only 6 months. Johannes C. H. R. Steenstrup.
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